We’re listening to Sky Arts 1 today -Muse in concert in Rome Olympic Stadium. Yeah, it’s a rock concert and it’s awesome. But I’m not going to talk about that. I’m going to share a Facebook post of mine from earlier along with a YouTube clip…
You know how sometimes there is music that is ‘Joy’? It’s the music that makes you tap your foot or bob your head no matter what mood you are in. It sends shivers of ‘This Is Good’ up your spine and across your scalp every time you hear it. There might only be one song in your life that gives you this feeling. And sometimes the song that does that for you will surprise you. Sometimes the ferocity of it is the surprise. But whatever it is, you can’t articulate what it is about that piece of music that makes you feel this way.
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is one of those songs for me but watching the composers and original artist react to this performance just made it that much more sweet.
Today’s knitting is a new shape and I’m holding J responsible. I asked her what shape I should do but didn’t specify what the choices were. So today, trapezoid. I’m basically creating a square with a right angle triangle attached.
Starting at 1 stitch after the tip of square 10 and working from left to right pick up 15 sts from square 10, 1 st where squares 5 and 10 join, 15 sts from square 5, 1 st where squares 5 and 12, 15 sts from square 12. This will give you 47sts on your needle.
The working for the first part of each row will look familiar – it’s the same as making a small square. The second part is where we make the triangle.
So, the first part – knit 14, slip 2 stitches as if you are going to knit them together, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over, knit 14.
For the second part, we want to make only half of the mitred square shape. We did not cast on for a third side like we did with the rectangles so the decrease only needs to be one stitch at this end instead of the 2 sts we have been doing so far. Continue knitting on this row until you have only 3 sts left on your needle, knit 2 stitches together, knit the last stitch.
FYI – we are doing the second decrease on each row 1 stitch from the end to make joining other shapes to this edge easier. Keeping this a solo stitch instead of a stitch knitted together with another makes it easier to see and to pick up.
So here is the full pattern, which includes the row I have just walked you through.
Row 1 – k14, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k27, k2tog, k1 – 44sts
Row 2 and every alternating row – k
Row 3 – k13, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k25, k2tog, k1 – 41sts
Row 5 – k12, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k23, k2tog, k1 – 38sts
Row 7 – k11, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k21, k2tog, k1 – 35sts
Row 9 – k10, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k19, k2tog, k1 – 32sts
Row 11 – k9, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k17, k2tog, k1 – 29sts
Row 13 – k8, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k15, k2tog, k1 – 26sts
Row 15 – k7, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k13, k2tog, k1 – 23sts
Row 17 – k6, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k11, k2tog, k1 – 20sts
Row 19 – k5, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k9, k2tog, k1 – 17sts
Row 21 – k4, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k7, k2tog, k1 – 14sts
Row 23 – k3, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k5, k2tog, k1 – 11sts
Row 25 – k2, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k3, k2tog, k1 – 8sts
! Pay attention – this is 3 consecutive rows of pattern
Row 27 – k1, (sl2tog, k1, psso), k1, k2tog, k1 – 5sts
Row 28 – k1 (sl1, k2tog, psso), k1 – 3sts
Row 29 – sl2tog, k1, psso – 1st
Ta daaaah! 🙂