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« on: March 02, 2009 08:27:46 AM »

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Knitting and Tea - 25 Classic Knits and the Teas That Inspired Them
by Jane Gottelier and Patrick Gottelier

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Crisp lace table linens.
Tinkling silver spoons on saucers.
The billowing steam of freshly-brewed tea.
Skeins of fine yarn on delicate needles.

Knitting and Tea brings together these two hallowed traditions in all their beauty, charm, and poise. The author takes you on a journey from the lush tea plantations of Sri Lanka to the tearooms in the United Kingdom to explore the intertwining history of these two passions. The luxurious photographs of each location entice you to sit and sample the delectable teatime recipes included and to knit designs that evoke classic elegance. From a stately Cricket Sweater to lovely Tea Cozies, an embellished Cupcake Cardigan, and timeless Argyle Socks, the author shows you how knitting and tea can go hand-in-hand anywhere.









ARGYLE SOCKS

Skill level: Experienced.

The leg section with the Argyle pattern is worked in intarsia, and as part rows / rounds back and forth on the needles rather than
in complete rounds as is usual with socks. The foot is worked in rounds.

Size: 17" (43cm) from top of ribbing to top of heel. Foot circumference: 9" (23cm).

Materials:
5 balls Rowan 4--ply Soft, 100% Wool [13/4oz (50g) 189yd (175m)], 3 in Nippy, 1 each of Honk and Whisper.  fine
Approximately 300 gunmetal gray glass beads 1/8" (3mm) in diameter.
2 yards (2m) of 3/8" (8mm) ribbon.
Set of 5 size 1 (2.5mm) double pointed needles.

Gauge: 30 stitches and 40 rows to 4" (10cm) over stockinette stitch.

Cast on 108 stitches using Nippy and join into a round, taking care not to twist the stitches. Distribute evenly over 4 needles. Begin ribbing:
*k2, p1, repeat from * around for 13/4" (4.5cm).

Eyelet round: *k2, p1, yo, k2tog, p1, repeat from * around (you will have 18 eyelet holes).
Next round: Work even in k2, p1 rib as set until cuff measures 31/4" (8.5cm).
Break yarn and thread 72 beads onto Nippy yarn at this point, and 13 beads onto Honk yarn. The beginning of the original ribbing round will be at the center front, rather than at the center back as is more usual from now on.
Next part round / row: k2tog, k6, B1, k44, p1, k2, p1, k44, B1, k6. 107 stitches. Turn work.
Next part round / row: p 51, k1, p2, k1, p51, turn work.
Next part round / row: With Honk, k the last stitch as yet unworked from the previous row / part round. Twist Honk under Nippy yarn (the next stitch) to prevent a hole forming, turn work, purl this stitch again in Honk. Turn work, drop Honk yarn.
You have now completed 2 rounds / rows of the chart.
Next part round / row: Pick up Nippy yarn, k4, B1, pattern around to 6 stitches before the Honk stitch, B1, k4, slip last Nippy stitch from right hand needle to left hand needle with Honk stitch, turn work, twist yarn (to prevent hole forming).
Next part round / row: Pattern around (purl side of work facing) to 1 stitch before the Honk stitch, turn.
Next part round / row: With Honk, k3 (1 Nippy stitch either side of Honk stitch as set already), twist yarns, turn work.
Next part round / row: p3 with Honk, turn work.
You have now completed 4 rounds / rows of the chart.
Next part round / row: with Nippy, k2, B1, work in pattern to the last 4 stitches before the Honk stitches, B1, k2, slip last Nippy stitch to left--hand needle from right--hand needle (this is not essential, but it helps), twist yarns, turn work.
Next part round / row: Pattern around (purl side of work facing) to last Nippy stitch before the 3 Honk stitches, turn work.
Next part round / row: k5 Honk, (1 stitch either side of 3 stitches as set), twist yarns, turn work.
Next part round / row: p5 Honk, twist yarns, turn work.
You have now completed 6 rounds / rows of chart.
Continue working this way, working 2 part rounds / rows in Nippy and then 2 in Honk (or Whisper, depending on which diamond you are knitting), placing beads as shown on the chart (do not forget to thread beads onto Whisper and Honk yarn before starting the other diamonds. You will need 13 on the two Whisper and the second Honk diamonds, and 9 on the last Honk diamond) AND AT THE SAME
TIME work decreases on the 10th row, then on every following 7th row 7
times, then on every following 5th row 15 times (as marked on chart). Work decrease rows:
Work in pattern to 2 stitches before center back 'p1, k2, p1', ssk, work p1, k2, p1 panel, k2 tog. After 137 rows of pattern you should have 5 diamonds complete and 61 stitches remaining on the needles. The last round will end at the point of the last (Honk) diamond (between what are needles # 1 & 2). Do not forget to thread beads onto Whisper and Honk yarn before starting the other diamonds. You will need 13 on the two Whisper and the second Honk diamonds, and 9 on the last Honk diamond.
Cast on 108 stitches using Nippy and join into a round, taking care not to twist the stitches. Distribute evenly over 4 needles. Begin ribbing:
*k2, p1, repeat from * around for 13/4" (4.5cm).
Eyelet round: *k2, p1, yo, k2tog, p1, repeat from * around (you will have 18 eyelet holes).
Next round: Work even in k2, p1 rib as set until cuff measures 31/4" (8.5cm).
Break yarn and thread 72 beads onto Nippy yarn at this point, and 13 beads onto Honk yarn. The beginning of the original ribbing round will be at the center front, rather than at the center back as is more usual from now on.
Next part round / row: k2tog, k6, B1, k44, p1, k2, p1, k44, B1, k6. 107 stitches. Turn work.
Next part round / row: p 51, k1, p2, k1, p51, turn work.
Next part round / row: With Honk, k the last stitch as yet unworked from the previous row / part round. Twist Honk under Nippy yarn (the next stitch) to prevent a hole forming, turn work, purl this stitch again in Honk. Turn work, drop Honk yarn.
You have now completed 2 rounds / rows of the chart.
Next part round / row: Pick up Nippy yarn, k4, B1, pattern around to 6 stitches before the Honk stitch, B1, k4, slip last Nippy stitch from right hand needle to left hand needle with Honk stitch, turn work, twist yarn (to prevent hole forming).
Next part round / row: Pattern around (purl side of work facing) to 1 stitch before the Honk stitch, turn.
Next part round / row: With Honk, k3 (1 Nippy stitch either side of Honk stitch as set already), twist yarns, turn work.
Next part round / row: p3 with Honk, turn work.
You have now completed 4 rounds / rows of the chart.
Next part round / row: with Nippy, k2, B1, work in pattern to the last 4 stitches before the Honk stitches, B1, k2, slip last Nippy stitch to left--hand needle from right--hand needle (this is not essential, but it helps), twist yarns, turn work.
Next part round / row: Pattern around (purl side of work facing) to last Nippy stitch before the 3 Honk stitches, turn work.
Next part round / row: k5 Honk, (1 stitch either side of 3 stitches as set), twist yarns, turn work.
Next part round / row: p5 Honk, twist yarns, turn work.
You have now completed 6 rounds / rows of chart.
Continue working this way, working 2 part rounds / rows in Nippy and then 2 in Honk (or Whisper, depending on which diamond you are knitting), placing beads as shown on the chart (do not forget to thread beads onto Whisper and Honk yarn before starting the other diamonds. You will need 13 on the two Whisper and the second Honk diamonds, and 9 on the last Honk diamond) AND AT THE SAME
TIME work decreases on the 10th row, then on every following 7th row 7
times, then on every following 5th row 15 times (as marked on chart). Work decrease rows:
Work in pattern to 2 stitches before center back 'p1, k2, p1', ssk, work p1, k2, p1 panel, k2 tog. After 137 rows of pattern you should have 5 diamonds complete and 61 stitches remaining on the needles. The last round will end at the point of the last (Honk) diamond (between what are needles # 1 & 2). Do not forget to thread beads onto Whisper and Honk yarn before starting the other diamonds. You will need 13 on the two Whisper and the second Honk diamonds, and 9 on the last Honk diamond.
The stitches are now worked as follows: 31 for top of foot, held for the moment while the heel is worked, and 30 for the heel. Working on double--pointed needles this is 15 stitches on #1 needle (before the last diamond), 16 stitches on #2 needle (after the diamond) and 15 stitches each on needles 3 and 4 for heel.
Knit across the stitches on needle #2, begin heel.
Row 1: sl1, k12, p1, k2, p1, k to end.
Row 2: sl1, p12, k1, p2, k1, p to end.
Work these 2 rows 14 times more, 30 rows total.
Turn heel:
Row 1: sl1, k15, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 2: sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: sl1, k4, k2tog, k1 turn.
Row 4: sl1, p5, p2tog, p1 turn.
Continue this way, working 1 stitch more on each row until all stitches
have been used up (last row will end 'p2tog, p1'). 18 stitches remain
on the needle.
Next round: sl1, k across the 17 stitches remaining on what is now needle #1, pick up and knit 15 stitches along the side of the heel flap with this same needle.
Needles # 2 & 3 (top of foot): knit across
Needle # 4 (currently empty): Pick up and knit 15 stitches along the side of the heel flap, k across the first 9 stitches from needle #1, round now begins at the mid--point of the heel and you have 79 stitches.
Round 1: k to last 2 stitches on #1, k2tog, k across the stitches on #2 and 3, ssk first 2 stitches on #4, k to end.
Next round: work even.
Repeat these 2 rounds until 61 stitches remain, then work in rounds of stockinette stitch until foot length is 71/2" (19cm), or until foot is 2" (5cm) shorter than the foot the sock is for.
Toe shaping
Decrease round 1: *k2tog, k8, k2tog, k9, repeat from * around. 56 stitches.
Work 5 rounds even.
Decrease round 2: *k2tog, k5, repeat from * around. 48 stitches. These decreases will not line up with the first round of the decreases as 8 stitches have been decreased on this round as opposed to 5 stitches on the previous decrease round.
Work 4 rounds even.
Decrease round 3: *k2tog, k4, repeat from * around. 40 stitches.
Work 3 rounds even.
Decrease round 4: *k2tog, k3, repeat from * around. 32 stitches.
Work 2 rounds even.
Decrease round 5: *k2tog, k2, repeat from * around. 24 stitches.
Work 1 round even.
Decrease round 6: *k2tog, k1, repeat from * around. 16 stitches.
Decrease round 7: *k2tog, repeat from * around. 8 stitches.
Thread yarn through these 8 stitches, draw up and fasten off securely. Sew in all ends. Cut ribbon into two lengths and thread through eyelet holes.
THE STITCHES ARE NOW WORKED AS FOLLOWS: 31 FOR TOP OF FOOT, HELD FOR THE MOMENT


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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009 04:09:22 PM »

Wow, those might make it as my very first pair of socks! Sounds like a great book too. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009 11:28:46 AM »

My two favorite things in the world are Knitting/Crochet... and Tea. (My friends all thought I was crazy when I started making doilies that matched my tea set... hmph!) I MUST buy this book!
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2009 04:36:35 PM »

Mmmm I'm drooling...I have to try to make these. Thanks for the pattern!!!
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