A humble thing with a lofty goal; timidly poking from the ground, a tiny shoot climbs ever higher to bask in the sun. This fanciful vine, knitted in a soft, hand-painted fingering weight yarn, makes a beautiful lariat-style necklace. For a bigger version, a bulky weight yarn makes a warm, but still fashionable, scarf. Make it any length you like, but be warned…this pattern might grow on you—literally!
You Will Need:
• 85 yards (78 meters) fingering weight* yarn
• 2.0 mm/US 0 needles (2 DPNs or 1 circular)
• safety pin-style stitch marker (used as stitch holder for three stitches; referred to as “holder” in pattern), yarn needle to weave in ends
Skill Level: Intermediate; basic techniques, unusual execution
Techniques Employed: knitted cast-on, knitting, purling, yarn
overs, single decreases, 2 needle i-cord
Gauge: One leaf = 1¼” x ?” (3 cm x 1.5 cm); seven rows of i-cord = ¾” (2 cm)
Finished size: as shown, 49 leaves & 57” (145 cm) long
* Some countries call this “4ply” weight.
• To use the counter in this pattern (grid on page 2) read this blog entry.
• Stitch counts given on the leaf motif (written directions) are for active stitches / inactive stitches; the inactive stitches are what remain of the knitted cast-on, which is “eaten” by a series of short-row decreases. When all of the inactive stitches have been decreased away, that side will be at 0. The active / inactive is how the stitches will be at the end of the row, i.e. after working row 1, the count of 4/13 is 4 active stitches (sl1-pf, yo, k1, p2tog), and 13 inactive stitches (from the cast-on).
• Chart symbols are next to their abbreviations for brevity and clarity. Rows with numbers on the right are “right side” rows and are read right to left. Rows with numbers on the left are “wrong side” rows and are read left to right. K2tog and p2tog use the same symbol because they look the same from the right side; note the side you are working on and use the correct decrease. Use care when working the chart as it begins with a wrong side row. Also, only work the operations in each row once, then turn the work.
The short rows used are not like any you may be used to; this is a great way to get practice turning the work to make short rows without the frustration of getting them to look pretty (these will look nice regardless since they always end in a decrease). PDF file is 3 pages and roughly 1.4 megabytes. Latest version of pattern: January 11, 2011.