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Striped uventet strukturklut (washcloth)


img_20180908_160709Project 12 (2018): Summer striped uventet strukturklut
Pattern: Uventet strukturklut by Bittami
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes (60% cotton, 40% acrylic, 50g = 158 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: 0308 (olive-rust-yellow-pink)
Difficulty for me: easier this time
Needles: circular needles 3.5 mm
Stitches: 57
Knitted where: at home in Accra, September 2018
Final size: 20×30 cm
Final weight: 27 grammes

The pattern is a lot like the Silacruz sukkertøyklut, just with three vertical stripes not three. Uneven row: Three knit stitches for edge each side.  Then main pattern: * purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 3*, repeating  * to *, and ending with knit 3. Even rows: knit all.


Unblocked and a little uneven. Below, a sculpture I find quite cheerful, at the National Theatre here in Accra.


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Grey bow-knit scarf

grey bow-knit scarf

Still knitting, still waiting to see how much longer I’ll be in Accra. Almost three years now, though it was only meant to be two years. I don’t mind Accra, but living away from my husband is tough. Stressful too, not knowing how long this will continue, though I am lucky to have a job I like. Knitting helps, and I am  getting back into daily exercise. No challenging knitting though, just easy meditative projects.  This is the Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess, which I knitted in plum once before.

grey bow-knit scarf

Project 12 (2018): Grey Bow-knit scarf
Pattern: Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: Light grey, 04
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles 4.5 mm
Starting stitches: 3
Knitted where: Accra, October 2018
Final size: 14 cm wide at widest, 80 cm long  (10×40 cm for mid-section around neck)
Final weight: 81 grammes

I made the mid-section longer, this may be a Christmas present.


Fresh coconuts for sale, observed as I walked to work this week.

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Two striped summer Garbaklut washcloths


Project 11 (2018): Striped summer Garbaklut washcloths
Pattern: See below, Garbaklut.
Colour: 308 Safari: green purple sand
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 3.5 mm
Stitches: 50
Knitted where:  at home in Accra, watching Alias season 2
Final size: 23 wide x 20 high
Final weight: 25 gr each

I had already knitted several similar washcloths in Drops Paris, last one in grey, and I like the structure. This time I tried seed stitch for the border, and used 50 stitches for the stitch count: three stitches for border, then the main pattern (44), then three stitches border again. Not yet blocked.


50 stitches overall:
ROW 1: Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then *knit 2, purl 2* repeated. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 2 Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 Then *knit 2, purl 2* repeated, ending on border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 3 and 4: Border: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then knit across. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.


Downtown Accra: Oxford Street on a Friday.