there's a mild chill in the air. a lap blanket is a comforting fix. Made by combining a fluffy mohair blend yarn with a smooth wool-llama yarn in a bold color like chartreuse, it can also be a fun decorating detail. The lap-blanket size is easy to finish in a weekend For knitters wanting a bigger blanket (and happy to invest more than a weekend's worth of time), instructions for a larger afghan are also provided q i ia
Instructions for lap blanket are given first; instructions for afghan are given in parentheses.
K1f&b: Knit into front and back of same stitch to increase one-stitch.
I sing larger needles» and VIC, CO 104 (216) and work in St -t (knit I row. purl I row) for 3". ending with a WS purl row 'Change to smaller needles and CC. Next row: (RS) K2iog all the way across—52 (I OS) st.v Knit 5 more rows. Change to larger needles and MC. Next row: (ItS) Klf&b (see Notes) in even stitch across-104 (216) six. Work in St st for 4". ending with a WS row. Repeat from ' 5 (10) more rimes— 104 (2 Mi) M-: piece measures approximately 33 (r>8)" from beginning. Repeat from ' once more.
Lap blanket approximately 25" x 37"
(afghan approximately 52" x 62").
Classic Elite Bravo (40% rayon. 35% mohair, 13% silk, 6% wool. 6% nylon; 46 yards / 50 grams): 9 (28) skeins main color (MC).
Classic Elite Montera (50% llama, 50% wool; 127 yards / 100 grams): 1 (3) skeins contrast color (CC). Lap blanket shown in Bravo #3719 signs of spring and Montera #3887 pear.
One 29" circular (circ) size US 9 (5.5 mm). One 29" circ size US 13 (9 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Using larger needles and MC, 12 sts and 14 rows 4" in Stockinette stitch (St st). Using smaller needles and CC. 11 sts and 24 rows - 4" in garter stitch, slightly stretched.
working St st with MC for only 3" so the final St s' section matches the beginning St st section. HO all sts. Weave in ends. Block lightly, if desired.
A KNITTING I \ 11 1) Festival or a fun day of camaraderie and stitchwork, invite a group of friends to gather around and watch movies with knitting scenes. If you're really feeling festive, make it a slumber party. Set out popcorn, beverages, and basic knitting tools for guests who brought their projects but may have forgotten a necessary gadget For knitters who didn't bring their projects, offer scrap yarn and needles, so they can cast on if they get the urge (or have them work on a guest knitting project/see page 129). The knitting scenes in these films tend to be brief (blink and you'll miss some), but still it's interesting to see how knitting is portrayed. If you can't find some of the older films in your local video store, try a mail-order source like Facets in Chicago (www.facetsvideo.com).
In this Academy Award-winning musical. Richard Gere (as lawyer Billy Flynn) suggests to his client Renée Zellweger (as wannabe chorus girl Roxie Hart) that she make herself look innocent of murder by wearing a nunlike dress and knitting in court.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Knitting needles that knit on their own are among the magical effects Harry witnesses when he visits fellow wizard Ron Weasley at home. Based on the book by J. K. Rowling.
In this story about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Mia Maestro (as Frida's sister) knits while she waits for Salma Hayek (as Frida) to wake after a crippling bus accident.
America's Sweethearts (2001)
In this light romantic comedy, Julia Roberts (as Kiki) knits from the sidelines while her celebrity sister and her estranged husband give interviews to promote their new movie.
Shipping News (2001)
Julianne Moore (as Wavey) and Judi Dench (as Agnis) get one knitting scene apiece in this story about pain, renewal, and self-discovery in a small Newfoundland port town Lots of handknits throughout. An adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by E. Annie Proulx.
Sweet November (2001)
A sticky-sweet romance in which a bohemian Charlize Theron (as Sara) chooses to emotionally rescue a different man each month—until November, when one of the men touches her heart- Theron knits in one scene; lots of yarn throughout.
Chicken Run (2000)
A hen named Babs knits continuously during this clay animation feature about a flock of chickens determined to fly the coop
Wallace and Gromit Trilogy (1990s)
From the makers of Chicken Run, three clay animation shorts— A Grand Day Out; The Wrong Trousers (winner of 1993 Academy Award for Best Animated Short); and A Close Shave (winner of 1995 Academy Award)—that follow the madcap adventures of Wallace, an inventor, and his loyal canine sidekick. Gromit, an avid knitter. In A Close Shave, Wallace invents a machine that shears sheep and knits sweaters; he also falls in iove with a yarn shop owner
Idle Hands (1999)
A comedy-horror cross in which the devil takes possession of a slacker's hand. In order to ward the devil off, the slacker keeps his hands busy by knitting. Better suited to teenagers than adults.
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
In this bittersweet story of the emotional lives of a Roman Catholic family in 1930s Ireland, two of five sisters knit gloves for income. Based on the Tony Award-winning play by Brian Friel.
Antonia's Line (1996)
Unwed mothers knit while waiting out their pregnancies in this quirky, sweet, cerebral film from Denmark. Winner of Academy Award for best foreign film
Bridges of Madison County (1995)
After a passionate affair with a globe-trotting photographer, a lonely farm wife (played by Meryl Streep) knits in front of the television set with her family. Based on James Waller's novel.
Little Women (1994)
In the most recent remake of this classic tearjerker Trini Alvarado (as Meg March) knits while her sister Winona Ryder (as Jo) performs one of her plays. Other types of needlework are glimpsed throughout. Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.
Like Water for Chocolate (1993)
When Tita, the heroine of this mystical Mexican tale, is told her beloved will marry her sister, the subtitles read, "A black hole had entered her and let in the cold She knitted and cried until she finished a quilt that covered her." Watch closely and you'll see Tita is really crocheting—there's a mistake in the translation—but the film is still likely to please. Based on the book by Laura Esquivel.
9Vz Weeks (1986)
In several of the art-gallery scenes in this steamy cult classic, Kim Bassinger (as Elizabeth) recounts her erotic adventures while her roommate knits on huge bamboo needles.
Murder Ahoy (1964)
In this Agatha Chnstie classic, Margaret Rutherford (as Miss Marple) knits a sock while unraveling a muderous plot aboard a naval cadet training ship.
Breakfast at Tiffanys (1961)
Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) knits an out-of-control sweater, wondering if she has confused her knitting pattern with building plans. A romantic adaptation of Truman Capote's novella.
Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
Bette Davis (as invalid Marie Hoke) knits a sock while telling a visiting stranger the bittersweet tale of her marriage
Mister Lucky (1943)
Cary Grant (as gambler Joe Adams) knits as part of the war effort—or, really, to get the girl. One of the longest knitting scenes in all the movies listed here.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
In one of many film versions of this Dickens classic, Blanche Yurka (as Madame Defarge) is vengeful, searing, and intent on overthrowing the French aristocracy. She knits nearly nonstop—and with lightning-fast speed—in all her scenes.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Clara Blandick (as Auntie Em), knitting in her rocking chair, is one of several characters Judy Garland (as Dorothy) sees from her window as she and Toto are carried in their house to Oz.
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