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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fragments Clue 1

Hi there Knitters and welcome to the first clue for our Fragments Mystery KAL!  Are you ready for this- cuz I sure am!  Over the course of the next 4 weeks, we'll be working together on a great cold weather project!

Here's a bit of business to start off.
~I've used Fishermen's Wool Yarn and a US size 7 needle.  You can use any yarn and size needles you'd like, although I really prefer wool for this particular project.
~The KAL starts today (January 16th) and will take four weeks to complete. 
~There will be some follow up posts letting you know how to finish this project (blocking, sewing in ends, etc)
~At the end of the KAL, I will post a pattern from start to finish.
~Create a Ravelry project page and join the group Year of Swatches for knitting help!

Stitches to know:
yo- yarn over- A single increase.  Move the yarn to the front of the work, the same action as if you were to purl, then wrap the yarn over the top of the needle and resume your knitting.  This creates a hole or an eyelet in the fabric.
ssk- Slip, slip, knit.  A left-slanting decrease.  Slip the next two stitches, as if to knit, one at a time onto the right hand needle.  Then insert the left hand needle into the fronts of both slipped stitches and knit them together.
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together.  A right-slanting decrease.  Insert the needle into the front of the next two stitches as if to knit, and knit these stitches together.

Now onto the knitting!

Fragments Mystery KAL
Cast on 49 stitches using your most comfortable cast on (I prefer either the long tail or knitted cast on- a photo tutorial for both can be found here).

Row 1: Purl all stitches
Row 2: K3 *yo, K2, ssk, k2tog, K2, yo, K1* repeat from * across to last stitch K1
Row 3: Purl all stitches
Row 4: K2 * yo, K2, ssk, k2tog, K2, yo, K1* repeat from * across to last two stitches K2

Knit these 4 pattern rows for a total of 5 times.

Knit 3 rows. During the final row, k2tog once near the middle of the row (exact placement is not important) in preparation for the next clue.  You should now have 48 stitches.

See ya tomorrow and happy knitting!

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