Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mardi Gras Shrug


Directions:
  • Grab yarn from stash and size 15 needles.
  • Start making yet another a garter stitch scarf.
  • Decide you don't need yet another a garter stitch scarf.
  • Rip out.
  • Decide to make a shrug.
  • Decide you don't want to work in the round.
  • Cast on 18 stitches.
  • Knit in stockinette a bit.
  • Decide you want a purl line for a cuff.
  • Rip out.
  • Using long tail cast on, cast 18 stitches. Purl one row, knit one row, purl three rows.
  • Return to stockinette for a bit (13 rows)
  • Increase one stitch at each end.
  • Decide you should write the pattern down so that you can reverse the shaping on the other side.
  • Realize your arms are fatter than that.
  • Decide you will need to increase more often (say, every six rows).
  • Work five rows and your increase row three times.
  • Realize your arms really are fatter than that.
  • Decide you will need to increase more often (say, every four rows).
  • Work three rows and your increase row five times.
  • Wonder if you wrote it all down correctly.
  • Decide not to worry.
  • Knit in stockinette until you are done the first ball of yarn.
  • Count the rows from the last increase.
  • Switch to second ball of yarn. Knit in stockinette for said number of rows.
  • Start to reverse the shaping.
  • Realize you may have knitted too many rows.
  • Rip out a few rows.
  • Go back to stockinette, reversing shaping.
  • Keep eyeballing the diminishing ball of yarn, calculating the rows still to be knitted and the amount of yarn.
  • Realize that to add the purl ridge for a cuff, you will need to know when you are four rows from running out of yarn.
  • Guess incorrectly.
  • Remind yourself that a cast-off takes much more yarn than a regular knit row.
  • Rip back.
  • Re-knit.
  • Guess incorrectly again.
  • Rip back.
  • Re-knit.
  • Guess incorrectly again, this time getting to within five stitches from the end.
  • Rip back.
  • Re-knit.
  • Cast off.
  • Seam up arms.
  • Go buy a new t-shirt to go with the shrug.
  • Return t-shirt because it does not work with the shrug.
  • Buy another new t-shirt to go with the shrug.
  • Get your picture taken in the shrug.
  • Decide you need to seam further up the arms.

  • Wear with pride.

3 comments:

Anna Allen said...

Is that yarn you are holding in the second picture? Because it sure looks a lot like taffy. :)

Cute haircut!

Suzy Crancer said...

That is a cute haircut! It looks great with the cute shrug!

Karin said...

OMG this is HILARIOUS...I feel like I've done parts of that pattern before...

The shrug is gorgeous and was worth the effort...LOVE the yarn!!!