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READERS COME TO THE RESCUE WITH PLANS FOR A TRINITY-STITCH SHAWL OLD KNITTING BOOK HAS THE NECESSARY INSTRUCTIONS

Dolores Joseph of Buffalo asked us to locate a knit shawl done in the trinity stitch. Once again, our readers have come to the rescue.

Rena Merz of Buffalo writes that her very old knitting book has these instructions for the stitch, which looks like a popcorn stitch. Helen Marie Flynn of Olean and Eleanor Stachelski of Cheektowaga sent basically the same directions.

Cast on any multiple of 4 -- to desired width.

Rows 1 and 3: Purl.

Row 2: * K 1, P 1, K 1 in same stitch. Purl 3 together (using next 3 stitches) * repeat.

Row 4: * P 3 together (using first 3 sts); K 1, P 1, K 1 (in next st) * repeat.

Laura Gawel of Collins also sent directions to make the shawl. Marjorie Toellner of Sunset Bay says she has made the shawl and it is lovely. She used a soft white Sayelle yarn.

To fit an adult size, materials needed are five 4-ounce skeins of knitting worsted weight yarn; a 29-inch circular needle in size 10 1/2 or size needed to obtain gauge of 4 sts to 1 inch and 4 rows to 1 inch.

To make a smaller shawl, bind off when desired length from center point is reached.

Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1: K 1, yo, KPK (this means K 1, p 1, k 1 all in the same stitch). To do this: Insert right needle tip into next st on left needle tip and knit 1, but do not slip the stitch from the left needle tip. Instead, bring yarn to front of work and purl in same stitch, again, do not slip the stitch from needle. Next, take yarn to back and knit 1, this time complete the stitch by dropping from left needle tip. Each repeat row of row 5 increases your work by 4 stitches.

Row 2: Purl all stitches.

Row 3: K 1, yo, KPK in next st, P 3 stitches together, KPK in next st, yo, k 1.

Row 4: Purl all stitches (right side of work).

Row 5: K 1, yo, KPK in next st. * Purl 3 sts together, KPK in next st.*

Repeat steps between *s over and over across row until 1 stitch remains. End row with yo, K 1.

Repeat rows 4 and 5 over and over until there are 70 yarnovers along each side edge. End with completion of a purl row.

Bind off in pattern stitch: Knit 1 (Working as in KPK, knit 1 without taking stitch from left needle, bind off 1; Purl 1 without taking stitch from needle, bind off 1; K 1, this time take stitch from left needle, bind off 1.) * Purl 3 together bind off 1, work steps between parentheses on next stitch. * Repeat from * to * across row, ending with knit 1, bind off 1, fasten off.

If you wish, make fringe by wrapping the same color and type of yarn around a 6-inch piece of cardboard. When cardboard is full, cut all strands on one end, giving you strands of yarn 12-inches long. You'll need about 500 lengths of yarns.

Holding 3 pieces together at a time, fold in half, matching ends evenly. Pull ends through a loop, drawing tight. Put fringe in each yarnover up both sides and in bottom of lower point.

A rosy craft

Crafts using rose petals are popular with our readers. The following directions will help anyone who wants to make some aromatic beads.

Roses should be gathered in the morning while the dew is on them and before they begin to fade. Remove the petals from the stems and cut away the hard substance on the inside tip. None of the yellow centers should be left on the petals -- to make sure, toss the petals in a good-size sieve so all the small particles will fall through.

Put the rose petals through a food chopper, using a nut grinding attachment. Grind the petals as fine as possible.

By now, the petals have lost their color and are only a pulp. The pulp should be spread on china platters and set in a sunny window, if you desire light-colored beads.

For light brown beads, use rose petals of one color for a perfectly even tone in the beads.

An uncertain and uneven tone is produced by using mixed petals.

If you wish to make black beads, place the pulp in an iron pan. Stir several times a day to allow each portion to come in contact with the pan. Also, stir in a little water now and then to keep the pulp moist and prevent crust from forming. Keep the pan in the sunlight. In about three days the pulp should be shiny jet black.

Measure the pulp with a thimble to get a uniform quantity for each bead. Roll a small piece between the thumb and finger; if it is like light, foamy bread dough and rolls smoothly without separating, it's time to roll it into beads.

As the "dough" dries it will shrink by about one-half, so measure your beads accordingly.

Roll them lightly between your palms and let them stand until they harden just enough to take an impression easily.

If they get too hard, rework and re-roll them.

Mark them in any fashion you like -- straight or crossed lines. Stick a long pin or copper wire through each one and fasten the pin upright in plastic foam or cardboard. If they are not too hard after the first drying, they may be rolled three times before they are strung.

When they are thoroughly dry, slip them from the pin or wire and put them into a cloth sack. Rub and shake the beads gently together to polish them. Mix a few drops of rose oil with alcohol and rub the mixture into the beads with your hands, turning them over between the palms until the oil is absorbed.

After the beads have completely dried, soak them in olive oil for several days. Wipe dry and string. They will always retain their perfume.

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