|Pom-Poms for all!|
Most commercial yarns come with a pattern on their labels...generally something basic, like a scarf. I took that idea and got a bit more creative with it. This yarn gives a lot of creative leeway, once you learn how to work with it. Keeping in mind it called for a US9 needle, I just sort of let my intuition guide my work from there.
The first work was a cowl and matching headband. The cowl was worked eight Poms wide, 52 rows long, and the headband was four Poms wide, 42 rows long. Each was twisted, and then sewn together to give it a mobius shape. It's a great style for the younger crowd, or the more fashion-forward. My sister Naomi has that sort of "it's-quirky-but-it-totally-works" kind of style, and she was the first one I thought of when I came up with this design.
|The pinks in this just screamed Naomi|
The second work was a more classic scarf, seven Poms wide. A hole was worked into the design 40 rows in, so the scarf could be looped through itself, without having to be tied. Another great style, which doesn't have to sacrifice function for form. One great advantage to this pattern is its simplicity to use -- my mother-in-law suffers from arthritis, so not having to tie and untie a knot is much simpler. Also, I'm rather lazy, so I made one of these for myself. All you have to do is bind off the six middle stitches (keeping four on either side) after 40 rows, which is 20 rows of Poms on each side (counting your cast-on as the first row). Then, on the next row, cast on those six stitches again, and just keep knitting till the end of the yarn.
|A no-knot scarf -- perfect for anyone on your list!|
|These Poms are so soft, I just love it!|