Leaving Kansas by Leeana Gardiner

Leaving Kansas

August 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch after blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
410 - 457 yards (375 - 418 m)
one size
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Leaving Kansas is NOW available and was designed for the the Whirlsie’s Designs/Teggle Tots club in August 2015.**

"The house whirled around two or three times and rose slowly through the air. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon.

The north and south winds met where the house stood, and made it the exact center of the cyclone. In the middle of a cyclone the air is generally still, but the great pressure of the wind on every side of the house raised it up higher and higher, until it was at the very top of the cyclone; and there it remained and was carried miles and miles away as easily as you could carry a feather." - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

This scarf pattern uses various stitches to depict the story of Leaving Kansas. In the centre is a sunflower motif, the state flower of Kansas. This motif is initially knit in the round, then short rows are used to turn the centre panel into a square.

Two of the sides are cast off and the remaining sides are worked parallel to each other. Each side of the motif contains lace patterns to work tornadoes, houses and wheat patterns. Edged in a moss stitch, this scarf is a complete story!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a much loved story of my childhood and I loved the idea of a knitted collection. Australia is also known as Oz, and being an Aussie myself I love the idea of collaborating with Aussie indie dyers.