Take Heart by Fiona Alice
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Take Heart

Knitting
November 2013
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches in cable pattern with larger needles
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
200 - 250 yards (183 - 229 m)
Small & Large
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Previously published in Pom Pom Issue 7: Winter 2013.

I believe knitting tells a story. Instead of writing it down with lines of ink, those lines become a fluid piece of yarn. It gets twisted and tangled until it all intertwines and you’re left with a finished piece. That creation tells of someone’s inspiration, progress, patience, mistakes and experience gained. These cables reach up to form a heart yet this heart isn’t whole and it’s not broken either. It’s divided by a great twist where the yarn creates a push and pull upon the textile.

Sizing & Measurements
1 (2) To fit head up to 53.5 (59) cm / 21 (23)” with
2.5 (2) cm / 1 (3⁄4)” negative ease
Note: The Twisted Rib is very stretchy and will fit various sizes.

Yarn
Toft Alpaca Aran (100% British alpaca; 115 m / 125 yds per 100 g) Shade: Silver; 2 (2) balls

Gauge
20sts & 21 rows=10cm/4” in cable pattern
20sts & 22 rows = 10 cm / 4” in 1x1 twisted rib

Needles
5.5 mm / US 9 circular needle, 40 cm / 16” length,
6.5 mm / US 10 1⁄2 circular needle, 40 cm / 16” length,
6.5 mm / US 10 1⁄2DPNs for crown shaping

Notions
Toft Alpaca fur pom pom in Cream, 1 stitch marker, cable needle, darning needle, 2 cm / 3⁄4” button, sewing thread.

Notes
For a neat cast-on edge, use a 5.5 mm straight needle to cast on stitches. With 5.5 mm circular needles, work your first row of twisted rib. Join in the round and continue rib. When weaving in loose ends, make sure to close the small gap in the cast-on edge.