Habibi by Christine Guest


September 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Ogee Pattern Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
724 - 3085 yards (662 - 2821 m)
Infant afghan, 2 - 6 year old afghan, 7 - 11 year old afghan, Lapghan, 12 year old afghan, adult afghan.
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Arabian ogee tiles call for an Arabian endearment, so my friend Behiya suggesed habibi. This pattern is a mix of soothing-ish normality, and occasional rows of adventure. But there are charts to keep you on the right path, and satisfying chances to crow, “Look at that rib, I made it slide sideways!”

Habibi is knit in one piece, and it’s self-edged. The alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette ‘’tiles’’ are shaped by increases and decreases, with a narrow edge of ribbing in between them. The nearly horizontal ribbed sections are made with reversible ‘’Short Row Slides.’’ The test knitters for Al-Andalus gave me many suggestions to make them easy to navigate, and I hired two TE to make sure I wrote it plainly.

I made my Habibi in superwash wool; but you may wish to use untreated wool or cotton.

Thanks to Talitha Kuomi, Saxarocks, gannet, picnicknits, pamslu, and Blue-eyedCrafty for advice, the Hess family for photos, Katie, Arabianknits and Beheya for the naming process.