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The Lettuce Wrap

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This triangle shawl started as a simple experiment in texture.  The entire shawl is created with nothing more than knits, purls, and increases, making it an easy project for relaxing at home or on-the-go.

I used one ball of Caron® Cakes™ Yarn in the Pistachio Colorway, but this can really be made using any color and yarn.  Use a single color to to highlight the different textures, or tame a busy yarn with these basic stitches.  The pattern is written so that sections can be added or omitted to fit your personal project style.

Credit for the pattern name goes to my daughter, who reacted to the finished project by telling me that it looks like – you guessed it – lettuce!  I hope you enjoy it!

 

THE LETTUCE WRAP

Supplies:
Yarn: Caron® Cakes™ Yarn, Pistachio Colorway
(Contents: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; Weight: 7.1 oz./ 200g; Yardage: 383 yd. / 350 m)
Needles: US Size 10 / 6.00 mm (circular)
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
st(s) = stitch(es)
k = knit
p = purl
PM = place marker
SM = slip marker
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
ML = make 1 left: from front to back, put left needle under strand running between the needles, knit into the back of it
MR = make 1 right: from back to front, put left needle under strand running between the needles, knit into the front of it
BO = bind off

Instructions:
Cast on 9 sts using Garter Tab Cast On:
Cast on 3 sts. Knit 6 rows. Turn work 90 degrees, pick up & knit 3 sts from long edge. Turn work 90 again, pick up & knit 3 sts from cast on edge (9 sts on needle). Note: It is easier if you use the other needle to pick up the sts from the tab and then knit them off. See www.imaginedlandscapes.com/2016/09/02/garter-tab-tutorial/ for a full tutorial with photos.

Set up row: K3, p1, PM, p1, PM, p1, k3.

Broken Seed Section:
Row 1 (RS): K3, ML, k to marker, MR, SM, k1, SM, ML, k to last 3 sts, MR, k3. (4 sts increased)
Row 2 (WS): K3, p1, *k1, p1. Repeat from * to marker. SM, p1, SM, p1, *k1, p1. Repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until yarn changes color. Complete that row in established pattern. Complete 1 additional row in established pattern.

On 2nd full row of the new color, change to stockinette section.

Stockinette Section:
Row 1 (RS): K3, ML, k to marker, MR, SM, k1, SM, ML, k to last 3 sts, MR, k3. (4 sts increased)
Row 2 (WS): K3, p across to last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until yarn changes color. Complete that row in stockinette. Complete 1 additional row in stockinette.

On 2nd full row of the new color, change to broken seed section.

Continue alternating between broken seed & stockinette sections until two full color runs remain on your cake.

Garter Ridge:
On next WS row, k across.

Broken Rib Section:
Row 1 (RS): K3, ML, k to marker, MR, SM, k1, SM, ML, k to last 3 sts, MR, k3. (4 sts increased)
Row 2 (WS): K3, p1, *k1, p1. Repeat from * to marker. SM, p1, SM, p1, *k1, p1. Repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3 (RS): K3, ML, k to marker, MR, SM, k1, SM, ML, k to last 3 sts, MR, k3. (4 sts increased)
Row 4 (WS): K3, *k1, p1. Repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.

When you reach the color change before the last full color run, take note of how much yarn is being used to complete each row. You will need at least 4x that amount for the picot bind off.

Picot Bind Off:
Setup: k2, BO 1 (lift 1st/right st over 2nd/left st and off the needle), k1, BO 1. Place st from right needle on the left needle.
*Cast on 2 sts using cable cast on. BO 4 sts. Place st from right needle on the left needle. Repeat from * to end of row.
See blog.loveknitting.com/the-picot-bind-off/ for a full tutorial with photos.

Weave in ends.

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The width of each textured section in the sample was determined by the color changes in the yarn.  To create a shawl with evenly spaced sections, I recommend alternating textures every 16 rows.

 

Reversible PICC Cover

Reversible PICC Cover

by Yolanda Sheehan (Solari Etc.)

Reversible PICC Cover

Supplies:

Yarn:  Washable & Stretchy! Preferably Superwash Wool such as Cascade 220 or Knitpicks Swish,

shown in Cascade Fixation (Lavender)

Needles:   US Size 6 / 4.00 MM (circular or DPNs)

Tapestry needle

Gauge:  21 stitches = 3 Inches

Skill: Beginner

 

Instructions:

Loosely cast on 42 stitches – we recommend the long-tail cast on.

Circumference may be adjusted using any multiple of 3 (39, 42, 45, 48, 51).

 

Join, making sure stitches aren’t twisted.

 

*Knit 2, Purl 1*

Repeat between *.

 

Continue until cover is desired length.

 

Bind off loosely – we recommend Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Sewn Bind Off.

 

Weave in ends.

 

Special Notes: Length should be no shorter than 5 inches, because the exposed line is the same size for each patient.  Modifications are encouraged, as long as it remains very stretchy and durable.  Sanitation is important.  Make sure each cover is sealed in its own Ziploc bag, and made of yarn that is fragrance-free, smoke-free, pet hair-free, and washable.

 

Size Circumference Length
XS 5-6″ 5-6″
S 6-8″ 6-7″
M 8-10″ 7-8″
L 10-12″ 8-9″
XL 12-14″ 9-10″

 

*Approximate Sizing for Reference Only

PICC Line Cover

PICC Line Cover

by Yolanda Sheehan (Solari Etc.)

PICC crochet

Supplies:

Yarn:  Washable & Stretchy!  Preferably Superwash Wool such as Cascade 220 or Knitpicks Swish, shown in Lion Brand Heartland (Great Smoky Mountains)

Hook:   US H / 5.00 MM (or size specified for your yarn)

Tapestry needle

Gauge:  16 HDC (BLO) for 12 rows = 4 Inches x 4 Inches

Abbreviations:  Ch – chain; ESC – extended single crochet; HDC – half double crochet; BLO – back loop only; YO – yarn over

Skill:  Beginner

Notes:  Made flat & seemed with Slip Stitch.  Written in US Terms.

ESC (extended single crochet): Insert hook in next stitch (BLO), YO, draw up loop. YO, draw through one loop. YO, draw through remaining 2 loops on hook.

 

Instructions:

Ch 32

Row 1:  ESC (BLO) in 2nd stitch from hook, ESC (BLO) in next 3 stitches, HDC (BLO) in next 20 stitches, ESC (BLO) in last 5 stitches, Ch 2, turn.

Row 2:  ESC (BLO) in first 4 stitches, HDC (BLO) in next 20 stitches, ESC (BLO) in last 5 stitches, Ch 2, turn.

Row 3-?:  Repeat Row 2, until piece is desired circumference.  Do not tie off.

Joining:  With working yarn, slip stitch first & last edges together.

Tie off yarn, weave in ends.

Solari Etc. - PICC chart

Example shown has 8″ circumference and 7″ length. To increase length, simply add to starting chain & HDCs equally

Size Circumference Length
XS 5-6″ 5-6″
S 6-8″ 6-7″
M 8-10″ 7-8″
L 10-12″ 8-9″
XL 12-14″ 9-10″

Linen in the Round

Linen in the Round

by Yolanda Sheehan (Solari Etc.)

 Pastel Rainbow Throw

Supplies:

Yarn:  Caron Simply Soft, assorted colors, 100% acrylic, yarn weight 4 (Worsted)

Hook:   US H / 5.00 MM

Yarn needle

Gauge:  13 sc and 14 rows with a 5 mm (U.S. H/8) crochet hook = 4 Inches x 4 Inches

*Gauge is not important for this pattern

Abbreviations:  Ch – chain; SS – slip stitch; SC – single crochet; sk – skip; sp – space

Skill:  Beginner

Notes:  Written in US terms.  Start each new color in the previous corner from where you finish a round, and crochet over the tail to avoid loose ends.  Take care to crochet over the tail in the second round also.

Instructions:

Begin with Magic Loop

Round 1:  *SC, Ch 2* in center of loop, repeat between* 3 more times, SS to first SC.

 

Round 2:  SS into corner, Ch 3 (counts as SC 1, Ch 2), SC in same corner, *Ch 1, sk next SC, (SC, Ch 2, SC in corner)*, repeat between * 2 more times, Ch 1, sk next SC, SS to first chain of Ch 3, tie off.

 

Round 3:  Join new color with SS into corner, Ch 3 (counts as SC 1, Ch 2), SC in same corner, *Ch 1, sk next SC, SC in Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, sk next SC, (SC, Ch 2, SC in corner)*, repeat between * 2 more times, Ch 1, sk next SC, SC in Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, sk next SC, SS to first chain of Ch 3.

 

Round 4:  SS into corner, Ch 3 (counts as SC 1, Ch 2), SC in same corner, *Ch 1, sk next SC, SC in Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, sk next SC, SC in Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, sk next SC, (SC, Ch 2, SC in corner)*, repeat between * 2 more times, Ch 1, sk next SC, SC in Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, sk next SC, SC in Ch 1 sp, Ch 1, sk next SC, SS to first chain of Ch 3, tie off.

Rounds 5-?:  Repeat Rounds 3 and 4, adding SC, Ch 1 to each side, until piece is desired size.

 

Border:  Join border color and make 2 rounds in established pattern, do not tie off.

Edging:  With border color, *Ch 3, sk next SC, SC in next Ch 1 sp*, repeat around.

Tie off yarn, weave in end.

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