Day 49


I’m in between projects in many ways and while designing may seem like a project in itself, I don’t consider it that way. It is a process that may not result in anything and an opportunity to explore texture or stitches or shape and the combination of these design elements. Calling it a ‘project’ puts too much expectation and pressure on it. Having said all of that, I am beyond the halfway point (length not width measurement) of the shawl I am designing. I had hoped I could make it using only one ball of yarn but alas it was not meant to be. The Husband will be venturing into the loft for yarn once again.

By the way, it’s World Wide Knit in Public Day next week. Well, I say ‘day’ but it’s expanded to encompass the entire week to allow as many people/groups to participate. It’s awesome and our ‘event’ 2 years ago brought my friend G into my life.

So, who doesn’t love The Muppets? Some of my favourite movies and tv shows owe their thank to Jim Henson and his brainchild. The Muppets (movies and tv), Farscape, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal…There’s a lot of viewing hours involved, and most of them were not during my childhood… nor my son’s.

Other than the frequent crazy involved with them, one of my favourite thing about The Muppets is the music. Whether they were interpreting an old standard or putting their stamp on modern pop (Elton John’s ‘Crocodile Rock’ is brilliant!), I love it. So, here is a Frog and a Bear at the beginning of a roadtrip.

And just because I love this one…. stick with it. It’s ridiculous and perfect.

Seriously, so many Muppets clips on YouTube that I want to share with you all (there’s one of Tom Hiddleston that you need to see for no other reason that it’s Tom Hiddleston, who just may be flawless.)

day 49Anyway, knitting. You’re getting a new pattern today. It’s another triangle and the pattern is based heavily on the pattern we use for the squares with a 3-into-1 decrease up the centre but it also has a decrease along each edge to flatten what would be the other 2 sides into just one. This pattern of decreasing will take 4 stitches from your total at the end of each right side row. Decreases that require a series of steps to complete have been placed into parentheses “( )” for simplicity.

Abbreviations I’ve used (and I am so sorry for not including this sooner) :

k – knit

s – slip a stitch from the left hand needle to the right hand needle as if you were knitting it

psso – pass slipped stitch over the stitch/es just knitted

k2tog – knit 2 stitches together

sts – stitches

Start by picking up 31 stitches along one side, 1 in the corner and 31 along the second side, at a right angle to the first. I am working along the rectangle from day 43 for the first side. The second side is made from working across the small square of day 38 and the first half of the rectangle from yesterday (day 48). This gives me a total of 63 stitches.

Row 1 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k27, (s2, k1, psso), k27, k2tog, k1 – 59sts

Row 2 – knit

Row 3 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k25, (s2, k1, psso), k25, k2tog, k1 – 55sts

Row 4 – knit

Row 5 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k23, (s2, k1, psso), k23, k2tog, k1 – 51sts

Row 6 – knit

Row 7 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k21, (s2, k1, psso), k21, k2tog, k1 – 47sts

Row 8 – knit

Row 9 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k19, (s2, k1, psso), k19, k2tog, k1 – 43sts

Row 10 – knit

Row 11 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k17, (s2, k1, psso), k17, k2tog, k1 – 39sts

Row 12 – knit

Row 13 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k15, (s2, k1, psso), k15, k2tog, k1 – 35sts

Row 14 – knit

Row 15 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k13, (s2, k1, psso), k13, k2tog, k1 – 31sts

Row 16 – knit

Row 17 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k11, (s2, k1, psso), k11, k2tog, k1 – 27sts

Row 18 – knit

Row 19 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k9, (s2, k1, psso), k9, k2tog, k1 – 23sts

Row 20 – knit

Row 21 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k7, (s2, k1, psso), k7, k2tog, k1 – 19sts

Row 22 – knit

Row 23 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k5, (s2, k1, psso), k5, k2tog, k1 – 15sts

Row 24 – knit

Row 25 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k3, (s2, k1, psso), k3, k2tog, k1 – 11sts

Row 26 – knit

Row 27 – k1, (s1, k1, psso), k1, (s2, k1, psso), k1, k2tog, k1 – 7sts

Row 28 – k2tog, (s1, k2, psso), (s1, k1, psso) – 3sts

Row 29 – s2, k1, psso – 1sts