Knitting -Wednesday WIP – Cloud on Her Shoulders Shawl

My WIP this week is a child’s shawl based on a pattern called Cloud on Her Shoulders. This is a free pattern by someone who makes a lot of shawls for cancer patients and nursing home residents. She mentioned something I hadn’t thought of – wheelchair patients and anyone who has to sit most of the day will do better with a shawl that does not have a point that can get caught in wheels and short enough not to be bulky when sitting. I’m auditioning this in a child’s size with the thought of making it for senior ladies to help them be warm and comfortable.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cloud-on-her-shoulders

I finished my Little Lacy Shawl made from gift yarn and I think it turned out well, although using dark fingering weight yarn is not my strong point. I had my younger daughter model it – I know I’ll be using it a lot.

 

I also finished the little 0-3 months sweater WIP from last week and added a hat to match.

Sweater pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mariannas-lazy-daisy-top-down-with-sleeves

Knitting–Easy Neckwarmer–Free Pattern

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There are so many free patterns available online and one of my favorite sources is Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days.  A lovely lady in England provides a large file of free patterns, most of them for babies and pre-schoolers, but also has an occasional pattern like this Warm Tweedy Neckwarmer in sizes for child, teenager and woman.  This is a very easy pattern that turns out especially pretty.  It’s basically a long rectangle that is folded back on itself and held together by buttons only or, in my case, some stitching along two edges.  There are no buttonholes in the design – the neckwarmer just slips over the head.

Instructions are clear and accurate and I would rate it a “beginner” pattern.  It’s also a nice way to use some pretty buttons.

This past week, I made this one for an adult using double strand worsted yarn and a size 8 needle…

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…and this one for a child, using single strand worsted and a size 8 needle to do a garter stitch.

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https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/warm-tweedy-neckwarmer.html

I’ve previously made these neckwarmers for the Pine Ridge Lakota children’s group:

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I like to think that these are providing some warmth for the children in the bitter cold of South Dakota.

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/for-the-children-of-pine-ridge

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