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Outdoor Seating

Knitting
September 2009
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
3.75 mm (F)
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
This pattern is available for free.

A “sit-upon” is described by the 1940 Girl Scout Handbook as follows: “A sit-upon is a piece of waterproof material about eighteen inches square that a wise hiker carries along in a compact roll to use while resting, eating, or sitting around the campfire.”

I decided to knit myself one after a long, cold day of rock climbing last January, when I spent many hours sitting on freezing rocks. My sit-upon is knit in a ribbed cable with a rugged worsted wool, which yields a dense, reversible, and doubly-thick fabric. An oilcloth backing makes it waterproof.

It’s perfect for keeping you warm and dry when you have to sit on rough rocks, damp ground, or stadium seats.