Monday, February 16, 2015

Bread and Milk! pattern

Bread and Milk!

A mindless stockinette in the round project to keep your hands busy and your mind off an impending snowpocalypse or similar doom. It can (maybe) become a cowl that someone can wear.

Yarn: Whatever you can scrounge up. Or rush to the yarn store to buy some.
Needles: 24" circular needles in a size suited to your yarn. You may want to go up a needle size or two if you tend to be a tight knitter.
Gauge: Gauge? As if you're going to swatch at a time like this.
Techniques: Casting on, knitting in the round, binding off (optional).

Using your preferred cast-on, cast on enough stitches to fill the circular needles comfortably for knitting in the round. (The long-tail cast-on is the fastest and easiest for me, and I measure off about an armspan and a half of yarn, and it ends up about right. A short-tail cast-on will take the guesswork out of this.) You will want enough stitches so that you don't have to be tugging them around the cable constantly but not so many that they want to fall off the needles.



Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist. Or just twist it and expedite the END of the WORLD.

Knit in the round. Just keep knitting, knitting, knitting. Just keep knitting, knitting, knitting.

Continue knitting until you're calm or the world ends, whichever comes first. Or till you run out of yarn, but that is just a different ending for the world.

If the cowl becomes long enough, bind off, weave in the ends (or not), and see if anybody can and wants to wear it! Otherwise, set aside the project so that it will be ready to knit on during the next snowpocalypse or similar doom.

Frogging this project can also be calming or otherwise distracting during an impending doom.

This has not been test knitted--I had to rush to the blog to get this published while there was still electricity. 

Pictured is a worsted or maybe an aran weight, unknown mill end yarn and US 8 needles. Additional photos might be added if the project gets finished.

Edited to add: I knitted till it was about 13" and then bound off. I didn't like how it rolled up and drooped when I wore it:






so I seamed the cast-on to the bind-off after giving the work a bit of a twist, similar to Strange Loop but not as extreme. I quite like this!
Finished weight is 143 grams.

This cowl's project page can be seen on Ravelry here.