Now that spring has officially begun (I hope I don’t speak too soon!) my mind has turned to what easy things I can make my friends for Christmas, and because a girl must have a new pair for summer, shoes.
These lovelies are what my feet will be wearing this summer, from Minnie Cooper, my favourite NZ brand (psst….if you live in Auckland, the red ones are half price at the moment). A pedicure of my winter feet is a must for the purple sandals. Unfortunately Minnie doesn’t sell shoes online, but they do sell their bags, which are fab and very good quality.
er, two pair. Enough about shoes. A yarn I’ve been admiring for a long time is the lovely, ultra-soft, thick and thin cotton by Habu: Nerimaki Slub. Because it has a delicate look to it I didn’t want to knit it on its own. Enter linen steel, also by Habu. Please don’t be afraid of the name. It in no way resembles wire. It’s just a thin but sturdy linen thread with an undetectable core that makes it ideal to work with yarns than need a little propping up to retain their shape. In this way it works wonderfully.
For my little kerchief (above) which, although destined as a gift is now firmly tied around my own neck as I write this, and might possibly appear tied around my head tomorrow, I chose Habu Cotton Nerimaki in a lovely smoky greyish blue which I’d had my eye on for some time, and linen steel in a fawn colour officially named graige. I love brown and blue together in any season. There is so much yardage on the linen steel that you could make three kerchiefs with one cone.
It’s knit from end to end, with the advantage that you can make it as long or short as you like. You can also make it with any yarn and suitable needles. Just start decreasing once your kerchief is wide enough.
To make my spring kerchief,
kerchief size in photo: 114 cm long x 28 cm wide
With both yarns held together,
Cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K2, yo, k to end. –4sts
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 once.
Row 5: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: K2, yo, k to end.
Repeat Rows 5 & 6 until there are 60 sts or your kerchief is half the desired length.
note: check that you have enough yarn to finish by weighing your remaining yarn on a digital kitchen scale.
Begin decreases as follows:
Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, k2tog, knit to end.
Row 2: K2, P to last 5 sts, p2tog, p1, k2.
Rep rows 1 & 2 until 3 sts rem, working in garter stitch when 4 sts remain.
Press shawl to straighten edges.
Make 3 x 5cm tassels (or larger) and sew to the three corners.
Weave in ends.