Alberta Bonhoff of Cattaraugus recently had two requests: one for a scarf done on an odd number of stitches, the other for 60-inch Huck toweling. Our readers helped in both cases, and the answers follow.
The toweling information came from Mrs. F. Schwab of West Seneca, and from Helen Ryan of Buffalo. Both located a mail-order address for 60-inch toweling in white or ecru for $13.96 a yard. If interested, you can write for a catalog to the Huckery, 386 Westgate Drive, Edison, N.J. 08820.
The scarf information came from Barbara Reed of Burt, who writes: "I'm making some of these scarves now, and had the pattern handy. It was printed in The Buffalo News about 10 years ago."
We also received the same directions from Dorothy Volls of Cheektowaga, who called it a "mistake stitch" scarf because you make a deliberate mistake in knitting a pattern that normally calls for an even number of stitches, and has no right or wrong side.
Use 4-ply knitting worsted weight yarn on size 10 1/2 needles with any uneven number of stitches. To determine how many stitches you want, make a sample piece. Start with 13 stitches. Work in pattern for 2 inches. Every row starts with knit 2, purl 2 and repeat across.
You will end with either knit one or purl one. The swatch will end with a knit 1. Now, measure your gauge. It should be 3 1/2 stitches to an inch. If you want a scarf 10 inches wide, multiply 10 by 3.5.
You have an uneven number so cast on 35 stitches. Use two 4-ounce skeins of yarn for a scarf with fringe. You can use two or more colors of yarn, working 3-inch bands in alternate colors.
A little less confusing is a letter from Mary Battaglia of Amherst, who suggests casting on an odd number of stitches for the width you want (she uses 45 stitches). Work each row the same starting with knit 2, purl 2 all the way across. The last stitch on the row will be knit 1. This makes an obvious ridge every fourth stitch and doesn't curl at the edges. This makes for a nice firm scarf.
Knitted lace boots
Another project a reader recently requested was for making knitted laced boots that fit almost to the knees. These are an easy project for beginner knitters.
Materials needed are 4 ounces of worsted weight 4-ply yarn in main color and 2 ounces of a contrasting color; pair of knitting needles size 8 (or whatever gauge is needed to achieve five stitches per inch).
With contrasting color, cast on 62 stitches. Knit all stitches on 1st row.
Row 2: * Knit 3 stitches, yarnover, knit 2 sts together. * repeat from * to * all across row, ending the row with 2 knit stitches.
Rows 3 and 4: Knit.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Knit. Break off contrasting color and attach main color.
Row 7: Purl (this is the wrong side of your work). Now, work in garter stitch (knit every row) until the piece measures 6 1/2 inches from the beginning, ending with the completion of a right side row.
Next row: Purl. Break off main color and attach contrasting color. Knit one row, purl one row and knit the next two rows.
Next row: * Knit 3, yarnover, knit 2 sts together. * Repeat from * to * across row, ending with two knit stitches.
Knit one more row and then bind off loosely. With right sides facing, fold one narrow end and sew a seam. Then gather this edge tight.
To gather, thread a tapestry needle with yarn and weave it in and out of stitches on the edge and pull tight.
With a double strand of the contrasting color, crochet 2 chains about 45-inches long and lace these into the eyelets at each edge. Make tassels or pompons and attach to chains after they are laced.
Directions for small ascots
We have been asked to print knitting directions for making the small ascots where one end slips into the other so that it stays put around the neck.
With fine yarn and size 3 needles, cast on 2 stitches. Increase 1 stitch (same side) every row until you have 32 stitches.
Knit every row even until piece measures 15 or 16 inches. Divide the stitches onto two needles (or one needle and one stitch holder) by placing every other stitch on one needle and the alternate stitches on the other needle or stitch holder. There will be 16 stitches on each.
Work one set of 16 stitches on a knit two, purl two rib for 2 inches. Break off yarn and work the other strip the same way.
Put all the stitches back on one needle, taking the first stitch from the second needle. Be sure to alternate the placement of the stitches in this manner.
Knit for 2 inches on the 32 stitches. Then decrease one stitch every other row (same side) until two stitches remain. Bind off.