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An ebook of six baby blanket patterns from Katherine Vaughan: Amirah, Chessboard, Drew, Hans, Harris, and Windowpane. All six of these patterns use only knit and purl stitches, and several are available in different sizes and weights of yarn.
It’s funny how seemingly simple words can evolve into different but related concepts over time. The Latin verb “lustro” referred to the circular movements priests made during a ritual purification. The word has since evolved into concepts in Italian, Spanish, Polish, and English that range from “to shine” to “a mirror” to “a five year period.”
This scarf, hat, and mittens set uses an easy twist stitch to provide texture, interest, stretch, and just plain fun to knit. The hat is a very stretchy beanie, the scarf has a keyhole design to allow for less length but more stability, and the mittens have extra twisting detail along the sides for fun and comfort. Done in a bulky alpaca/wool blend yarn, there’s plenty of time to knit up a set to keep everyone in the family toasty warm this winter!
The Payden hat, cowl, and mittens set is designed for knitters who love cabling but aren’t quite in the mood for cables AND shaping at the same time. In this set, the hat’s brim and the mittens’ cuffs are first knit flat with a bulky cable motif, then sewn into a band. Stitches for the crown and hand are picked up from the selvedge of this cabled band and knit in the round. The hat and mittens are both decreased along two sides instead of in a circle; this allows the mittens to fit more comfortably on the hand and the hat to lay flat (as well as to mimic the mittens). Instructions for the mittens are mirrored so that the seam for the cuff lays under the wrist and the cables are mirrored. The cowl is a very simple loop—but try out grafting in pattern, by starting with a provisional cast on, to hide the seam.
I’ve always loved stories about spies and spycraft. From a young age I was able to sing most of the Bond movie themes, and as a 12 year old I created my own cyphertext “code” that used symbols to replace letters. So you can imagine that a recent trip with my daughter to the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., coupled with reading The Code Book about spycraft and codebreaking, really piqued my lifelong interest in all things secret. This collection let me explore keys and locks, coding and decoding, dead drops, field communication, and my favorite keepers of secrets—archivists.