While flicking through my patterns to find something to knit for Wendy for the Christmas Swap, I came cross a long forgotten about edition of Home Chat. It's the only copy of the magazine I have and I don't know anything about the history of the publication but it's an interesting little magazine and worth a read, should you spot any about.
Anyway, the pattern comes from the July 1940 issue and is really easy to work which makes it perfect for a beginner. Also, as it's so simple and only across 40 stitches, it's a perfect project to pick up and do a few rows in between other things. You'll be surprised how quickly it grows.
|The work of one evening.|
Before you start:
I recommend that you measure your head! The original works on the basis that the knitted piece will end up being 31" in length but as all of us is different, you will want to make sure you have a big enough piece to be able to either tie into a bow or tuck in the ends. Remember that the knitting will be slightly stretchy.
You will need:
A pair of number 9 knitting needles (a short pair will be easier to work with)
Approximately 50 grams of Stylecraft (or equivalent) 4 ply wool
With the above needles and yarn, your test square should measure 8 stitches to the inch and 12 rows to the inch. As the pattern is worked over 4 stitches, if your tension is a bit off, it's easy to adjust.
Cast on 40 stitches (personally, I use the thumb method of casting on because it gives a neater finish)
Pearl one row (if you have used the thumb method, remember to pearl into the backs of this first row of stitches or the first row will be loose and baggy).
1st row - slip one stitch (knitwise), P1, K1, P1 - repeat these 4 stitches to the end of the row
2nd row - P1 *K1, P3; repeat from *, ending row with K1, P2
These two rows form the entire pattern and should be repeated until the work measures 31" or your required length.
When you have reached the required length, cast off, run in the two threads and, voila, you're done. All that's left to do is tie it round your noggin!
Wendy, from The Butterfly Balcony, loved the turban I did and was happy to send me some photographs to share with you. I hope you'll agree that Wendy looks lovely in hers :o)