My friend Roberta posted a picture to Pinterest under Things I Want to Try. I looked at the picture and shot her an e-mail offering to write up the pattern so that she could try it. This is a photo of my version, using the scrap yarn that I had on hand. I used a worsted weight yarn and a size 5 needle. This would be a great pattern to use as your Carrying Around Knitting, particularly if you do the Bow Ties in Stash Scrap Colors (or hand dyes, or handspun) and use a unifying color like black, or white, or grey, or brown in the place of the purple. I recommend that you just carry around the directions for the Bowties and wait until you are sitting down at home to knit up the little quadrilateral Inserts and do the sewing up while you are comfortable.
Bowtie Pattern: Cast on 20 stitches using a flexible cast on method. I Knit On myself, but any method that doesn't result in a hard stiff edge is fine. Knit one row. At the beginning of the next 12 rows Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass the Slip stitch over, Knit to the end of the row. You should have 8 stitches on your needle. Slip the first stitch and knit to the end of the row for the next 16 rows. Now to do the last increasing bit. Knit into the front and back of the first stitch and then knit to the end of the row for the next 12 rows or until you have 20 stitches on your needle. Bind off with a flexible bind off method. This is a good one. Knit 2 stitches then insert the tip of your left hand needle back into the 2 on the right hand needle and knit them together. Knit another stitch. Repeat.
Quadrilateral Insert Pattern: Once you get a few of the Bowties done load up a movie or your favorite music and start to knit the Inserts and assemble your squares. Cast on 20 stitches and knit one row. Knit 2 together at the beginning of the next 12 rows. You should have 8 live stitches left on your needle. Break off the yarn leaving about a 20 inch tail which you thread onto a darning needle. Sew the live stitches down, one at a time, to the straight edge at the narrow part of the Bowtie. Use a mattress stitch to join the angles of the Bowtie and the Insert together. Use the bit of yarn left from when you cast on to sew up the other angle. Repeat for the other side, and then over and over as many times as you have little Bowties. Sew the squares together using a mattress stitch as well. The mattress stitch keeps things flexible....you don't want hard edges....everything should be kind of stretchy.
If you would like to stay with us this is the room we rent via Airbnb. I would love to see you and give you a tour of the studio, some quality time at the knitting table, some scones and warm drinks.