Whigmaleerie (Stranded) by Kate Davies

Whigmaleerie (Stranded)

November 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Colourwork Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
38 yards (35 m)
One size, easily adjustable
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In Scots, a whigmaleerie is: “a decorative or fanciful object, a piece of ornamentation …a knick-knack, gew-gaw, bauble, fantastic contrivance, or contraption.” (Dictionary of the Scots Language). In other words, a whigmaleerie is a wee thingumajig, of the kind folk often like to hang on trees at this festive time of year. Why not whip up several whigmaleeries to decorate your tree?

Buachaille (100% Scottish Wool; 110m / 120yds per 50g skein)
MC: Highland Coo 1 x 50g skein
CC: Ptarmigan 1 x 50g skein
Sample used 8g / 18m / 19yds of each shade

Length: 13.5cm / 5½in (not including i-cord loop)
Circumference: 22cm / 8½in

Needles and notions
Gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Small quantity of wool fibre with which to stuff your Whigmaleerie (we used Shetland tops from Jamieson & Smith)

26 sts and 29 rounds to 10cm / 4in over colourwork stockinette stitch using gauge-sized needles. This was achieved using size 3.5mm (UK 10-9 / US 4) needles.
Gauge is not desperately important for this project - tighter and looser gauges will make smaller and larger Whigmaleeries, but bear in mind that the fabric needs to be dense enough to prevent the stuffing from poking through the stitches.

Special techniques
All special techniques are described in the pattern. If you require some extra assistance, this excellent online tutorial may help:
i-Cord (plain)