There will be more about this on a later post, right now let me present you my latest project: the nautical shrug and its coordinating, Rule Britannia rosette:
I casted on 86 stitches on 4.5 mm needles and knitted all in garter stitch until my rectangle was about 20 inches. You don't have to be perfectly accurate- garter stitch is so stretchy it doesn't matter if you knit something a bit too small. Once I casted off I simply sewed the top corners to the bottom corners, overlapping the corners slightly-it gives it a little origami effect which I like. The corners sewed give you 2 holes on each side- the armholes. And that's it!! If you are a fast knitter you could make this in a couple of evenings. This little shrug is perfect for a day at the beach. I used acrylic for a summer version, but plan on doing an Autumn/ Spring version using my stash of mohair. I only used a 100g ball for this so I guess you could really splash on nice wool...
As for the rosette well... Let's just call it a bit of last minute nonsense!! It is actually very hard this week not to get excited (even the street next to ours has got loads of bunting up). I finally gave in and made this little brooch which I'm planning on wearing tomorrow, whatever we do.
I used a scrap of spotted white and red fabric to make a yoyo and sewed this lovely vintage big blue button in the middle. In Weymouth I bought some of this tricolor ribbon and added a folded strip at the back.
That's it for now, but look out for the 100th post!!!!
Until next time,