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ISSUE 5<br />

Lazy Knitter’s guide to<br />

Gift Knitting<br />

Reflections on<br />

Learning to Knit<br />

Who Knits!<br />

© AndreSueKnits<br />

Nothing new<br />

Under the Sun

Editor<br />

Neil of Uknitted Kingdom<br />

For all enquiries:<br />

<strong>blocked</strong>magazine@gmx.com<br />

Cover photography<br />

© AndreSueKnits 2022<br />

Cover design<br />

BS Designs<br />

Illustrations<br />

Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Contributors:<br />

The Laziest Knitter<br />

MillieKM Knits<br />

Murderknits<br />

Spuds MacKenzie<br />

Yelena of Scythia<br />

Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Karen Juliano<br />

Liz Clothier Designs<br />

Laura Neubauer<br />

AndreSueKnits<br />

Cezanne Pellet<br />

Maria D Prokop<br />

Proofreading<br />

Cezanne Pellet<br />

Denise Pettus<br />

Laura Neubauer<br />

BS Designs<br />

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articles, artwork, patterns and photography<br />

published in BLOCKED Magazine are subject<br />

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Dearest readers,<br />

After a rather hot summer here in the UK, it is finally this knitter’s favorite season.<br />

The skies are bright, the air is crisp, and there’s a tingle in the atmosphere that signals that<br />

Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas, will be upon us before we can bind off our latest<br />

projects!<br />

Whilst our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are washing and putting away their<br />

woolies for the summer, we north of the Equator can dust off the moth balls and get cozy,<br />

enveloped in wool, as we knit/crochet.<br />

For many, this winter is going to be a difficult one. Energy costs are doubling, even<br />

tripling, in some countries. The difficult choice of ‘eating or heating’ will be blamed on<br />

everything from Trump to Brexit via Putin and the pandemic.<br />

Sadly, there isn’t a lot we can do to affect global energy prices. However, we can knit,<br />

we can crochet, and we can help ourselves, and others.<br />

At the risk of teaching granny to suck eggs, there are a few things we can do before<br />

resorting to turning up the thermostat.<br />

It used to be believed that the majority of the body’s heat is lost through the head.<br />

Wearing a hat indoors will stoke your inner furnace. Wear thicker hats outdoors.<br />

If you keep the pulse-points on your wrists warm, you’ll be surprised how much warmer<br />

you’ll feel overall. Indoors, a pair of woolen wrist bands will make a big difference. Wear<br />

your mitts and gloves outside, as my grandmother would say, “to feel the benefit.”<br />

DK or worsted weight socks are going to keep your toes toasty, and those Stephen West<br />

shawls can finally be of some practical use, keeping the chill from your shoulders.<br />

Cuddling up beneath those “Cozy Memory” and “10 stitch” blankets, in addition to your<br />

hat, pulse warmers, socks, and shawl, is probably going to make you sweat! I guarantee<br />

you’ll have to remove one of these items even as the snow falls.<br />

No need to match, no need to look fashionable, just keep you and yours warm.<br />

Need more woolies and stuck for ideas? We have hats, a cowl, and a pair of mitts<br />

amongst this issue’s pattern collection.<br />

Before we know it we’ll be complaining of the heat and sharing What The Forecast?!!<br />

app screenshots on social media.<br />

Yours faithfully,<br />

Neil<br />

Uknitted Kingdom<br />


The Lazy Knitter’s Guide to<br />

by the Laziest Knitter<br />

Gift Knitting<br />

It’s that time of year again when knitters everywhere<br />

are looking at the calendar and trying to decide if they<br />

can get 27 pairs of socks knitted and wrapped and<br />

under the tree before Christmas. Discussions of “knitworthiness”<br />

start popping up on social media along with<br />

cute little patterns that you can knit up in one evening.<br />

Visions of a cozy handmade holiday inspire many to<br />

spend every available second knitting away towards<br />

Christmas morning as the rest of their life (and responsibilities)<br />

sit on hold.<br />

Granted, some people plan out their holiday gift giving<br />

in January and gift knit all year long and are probably<br />

not feeling any pressure right now. I am not one of<br />

those people. June is too far away from December for<br />

me to give any energy towards gift knitting. I want to do<br />

June things in June. In<br />

October, my mind<br />

starts wandering over<br />

to Christmas but it’s<br />

not until after Thanksgiving<br />

that I truly give<br />

it my full focus. This<br />

means there’s one full<br />

calendar month to get<br />

all of my Yuletide making<br />

accomplished. It<br />

takes careful consideration<br />

to get it done<br />

without losing my mind.<br />

What Do They Really Want?<br />

I learned early that not everyone likes every handmade<br />

gift. Not even me. As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate<br />

them much more but that’s not always been the<br />

case. My grandmother was a crocheter and loved to<br />

make the grandkids clothes and accessories for the holidays.<br />

At 7-years-old, I was wishing for a Flip and Fold<br />

Fashion but instead received a scratchy white crocheted<br />

hat with built in scarves that dangled from the side like<br />

dog ears and that had my name emblazoned in blue across<br />

the front. I loved my grandma but hated that hat.<br />

4<br />

Perspective is Everything<br />

As crafters, we can forget what a handmade item can<br />

look like to the unacquainted. Remember what a<br />

Stephen West sweater design looked like when you first<br />

saw it? Would you ever purchase something like that at<br />

the store? Even today, I’d likely only wear one of his designs<br />

to a fiber festival where other people understand<br />

what it is and why I’m wearing it. When you gift knit, consider<br />

what the item looks like to a non-knitter. That $38<br />

hank of speckled yarn might look like a muddy mess of<br />

a hat to the uninformed.<br />

Value Systems Aren’t All the Same<br />

My mother made all her own clothes in high school<br />

because that was the only way she could afford to have<br />

a new wardrobe. Today, off-the-rack clothes are cheaper<br />

than buying fabric. Handmade is now more expensive<br />

than store bought in most cases but not everyone realizes<br />

this. Some think that handmade is “getting off<br />

cheap.”<br />

For Christmas one year, I made my mother-in-law a<br />

flannel quilt. (You can imagine the cost of the project.)<br />

She didn’t ask for it and never showed any interest in<br />

any of my sewing before but I thought that this soft cozy<br />

blanket would be a hit. I was wrong. She tried to show<br />

enthusiasm when she opened it up and pulled it out of<br />

the box but I could tell she hated it. I’ve never made her<br />

a gift again. She’s thrilled if I give her anything with a<br />

recognizable name brand on it. That’s just how she is<br />

and it works for me.<br />

If I give her a $20<br />

box of Waterford<br />

crystal glasses that I<br />

found at Ross, she’s<br />

happy and I’m<br />

happy. My beautiful<br />

handmade quilts<br />

can stay at my<br />

house!<br />

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Lazy Knitter Continued...<br />

Everyone is Knitworthy<br />

Knitters like to talk about being “knitworthy.” It<br />

seems demeaning to me to declare that my mother-inlaw<br />

is not knitworthy. If she wanted a handknit, I’d make<br />

her one. She’s worthy. But she doesn’t seem interested<br />

and past history shows that her gift value system is different<br />

than mine and that’s okay. It saves me time and<br />

money to give her things that she seems to appreciate.<br />

It doesn’t seem right to label her “unworthy” of anything<br />

for this difference.<br />

Contemplate the True Cost<br />

The time you spend knitting gifts is time<br />

that could go to countless other endeavors.<br />

There is a cost to the effort of knitting besides<br />

the materials. This should be taken<br />

into account as well when you put together<br />

your lists. Personally, I knit things for<br />

people when I feel like it.<br />

I’m largely a “selfish”<br />

knitter and I make things<br />

that I want and they get<br />

finished when I want.<br />

Sometimes I make things<br />

for others but usually only when they<br />

ask or if they’ve admired something<br />

I’ve made.<br />

Before you Begin<br />

Before you wear yourself out handknitting gifts for<br />

every person you know this year, it’s helpful to ask yourself<br />

why you are making a person a gift. Is it because<br />

you think they will love it and treasure it? Is it because<br />

you are wanting to impress them with your skills and/or<br />

thoughtfulness? Is it because you found super inexpensive<br />

materials and it fits into your budget? Or perhaps<br />

you are a compulsive sock knitter and you have plenty<br />

of handknitted socks to give away? As with all gift giving,<br />

the joy is in the giving and not in any expectation of<br />

receiving something in return. Just make sure that if<br />

your gift ends up crumpled up on the dirty floor of a car,<br />

you know that you made it for the love of the person<br />

and joy of making it and they can do with it what they<br />

like.<br />

When the rush and the pressure of the holidays start<br />

to press on me and the mental images of a beautiful<br />

homemade Christmas start to lure me<br />

into frantically knitting gifts for everyone<br />

I know, I like to stop and remember<br />

that a bottle of wine or<br />

chocolate stuffed decorative tins also<br />

make pretty good gifts.<br />





Measurements & Gauge:<br />

Approximately 10.25in/26cm in length, 14in/35.5cm circumference<br />

to fit a head circumference of 20-23in/51-58cm<br />

20sts and 30 rows over 4” in the body of the hat pattern using<br />

US 8/5mm needles, <strong>blocked</strong><br />

Yarn:<br />

DK weight yarn, approximately 150 yards/137 meters (60 grams)<br />

Suggested Yarn: Chicken Lady Fiber Arts Americauna DK (100%<br />

Merino) in color Snowy Day<br />

Needles:<br />

Brim: US 7/4.5mm 32 in. circulars<br />

Body: US 8/5mm 32 in. circulars<br />

US 8/5mm preferred needles for knitting small circumference<br />

Notions:<br />

Stitch Marker, Cable Needle, Tapestry Needle, Scissors,<br />

Blocking Materials<br />


CO – Cast On<br />

Sts - Stitches<br />

K – Knit<br />

P – Purl<br />

K2tog – Knit 2 together<br />

P2tog – Purl 2 together<br />

SSK – Slip, slip, knit (slip the first stitch as if to purl and the second stitch as if<br />

to knit. Return to the left needle and knit together through the back loop)<br />

CF3 – Cable 3 Forward (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front,<br />

knit 3 stitches, then knit the 3 stitches off the cable needle)<br />

CF2 – Cable 2 Forward (slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front,<br />

knit 2 stitches, then knit the 2 stitches off the cable needle)<br />

KFBF – Knit into the front of the stitch, do not drop, knit into the back of the<br />

stitch, do not drop, and knit again into the front of the stitch. (1 stitch has<br />

been increased to 3 stitches)<br />

Bobble – KFBF, turn work and purl across 3 stitches, turn work and knit<br />

across 3 stitches, repeat the last 2 rows once more. Decrease the 3 stitches<br />

back down to 1 by passing the second stitch over the first and then passing<br />

the third stitch over the first stitch, leaving you with 1 stitch<br />

Asterisk (*) - Repeat<br />

Pattern Notes<br />

The completed hat will have a slight<br />

slouch and will fit snug on the head.<br />

The pattern repeat is worked 5 times<br />

per round. You can easily adjust the circumference<br />

by adding or subtracting<br />

16 stitches. Additional length can be<br />

added by repeating rows 1 – 18, and<br />

then beginning the decrease section.<br />

©MillieKMKnits 2022<br />

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6<br />

Yarn Snobbery Continued on page 5

Brim:<br />

CO 80 sts using size 7 needles. Place stitch marker and<br />

join in the round<br />

*K2, P2 (2x2 rib) for 3 inches<br />

Setup Round:<br />

Switch to size 8 needles *K6, P10<br />

Body:<br />

Section 1:<br />

1. *CF3, P3, Bobble, P6<br />

2. *K6, P10<br />

3.*K6, P6, Bobble, P3<br />

4.*K6, P10<br />

5.*K6, P3, Bobble, P6<br />

Rounds 6 – 10 *K6, P10<br />

Section 2:<br />

1.*CF3, P4, Bobble, P5<br />

Rounds 12 – 18 *K6, P10<br />

Section 3:<br />

1.*K6, P6, Bobble, P3<br />

2.*K6, P10<br />

3.*CF3, P3, Bobble, P6<br />

4.*K6, P10<br />

5.*K6, P6, Bobble, P3<br />

Rounds 24 – 28 *K6, P10<br />

Section 4:<br />

1.*K6, P4, Bobble, P5<br />

2.*K6, P10<br />

3.*CF3, P10<br />

Rounds 32 – 36 *K6, P10<br />

13. *K4, P2tog, P1 (5 sts dec., 30 remaining)<br />

14. *K4, P2<br />

15. *K4, P2tog (5 sts dec., 25 remaining)<br />

16. *SSK, K2tog, P1 (10 sts dec., 15 remaining)<br />

17. *K2tog, P1 (5 sts dec., 10 remaining)<br />

Finishing:<br />

Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches, and<br />

close the top of the hat.<br />

Weave in ends, block, and top with a pom-pom if<br />

desired. Enjoy!<br />

• Instagram: @millekmknits<br />

Tag your progress and your finished hat! #milliekmknits<br />

#snowfall<br />

• Contact me: kristyn@slowdownlivesimply.com<br />

Decreases:<br />

Use US 8/5mm preferred needles for knitting small<br />

circumference<br />

1. *SSK, K2, K2tog, P3, Bobble, P6 (10 sts dec., 70<br />

remaining)<br />

2. *K4, P10<br />

3. *CF2, P2tog, P4, Bobble, P3 (5 sts dec., 65 remaining)<br />

4. *K4, P9<br />

5. *K4, P2, Bobble, P4, P2tog (5 sts dec., 60 remaining)<br />

6. *K4, P8<br />

7. *K4, P2tog, P4, P2tog (10 sts dec., 50 remaining)<br />

8. *K4, P6<br />

9. *K4, P2tog, P2, P2tog (10 sts dec., 40 remaining)<br />

10. *K4, P4<br />

11. *CF2, P1, Bobble, P2tog (5 sts dec., 35 remaining)<br />

12. *K4, P3<br />


By Murderknits<br />

Is Food to BLAME for<br />

the Knitting Wars?!<br />

While I was in the midst of my attack from the<br />

SJW knitters for not unfollowing Maria Tusken, I<br />

started to notice a common theme among the<br />

shrilly women: Their food choices.<br />

Most people don’t pay attention to other<br />

people’s food choices, I am not most people. I am,<br />

admittedly, rather nosy. I like to attend open houses<br />

to see how strangers decorate. And what's in their<br />

fridge. I admittedly have what most of the population<br />

would call a strange diet. I am meat based.<br />

Ninety percent of my intake is animal protein and fat.<br />

The remaining 10 percent is coffee. My family follows<br />

the dietary principles of the Weston A Price Foundation.<br />

In a nutshell, whole unprocessed foods, full fat<br />

dairy, animal products, fermented grains and natural<br />

sweeteners. We try to limit seed oils as much as possible.<br />

While I was being told I was racist by various<br />

members of a “knitting community” I noticed two<br />

common things:<br />

1.The person throwing the complaint ate a high<br />

amount of packaged processed food i.e. Oreos,<br />

chips, candy (mostly Skittles) and soda.<br />

2. The person is vegan and/or severely limited in<br />

their intake of animal fats. Could their food choices<br />

be to blame for their sometimes unhinged, violent<br />

outbursts? I believe so.<br />

While doing a basic Google search, one can find<br />

numerous articles, podcasts and YouTube videos on<br />

former vegans coming forth and sharing their<br />

stories. Many have left the vegan lifestyle after their<br />

mental health tanked.<br />

I have noticed that the vegan knitters are by far<br />

the most bitter hags. They spend most their days in a<br />

cloud of rage fueled by their overpriced nut milk<br />

Starbucks lattes. They put out calls over social media<br />

demanding people to call out a designer because<br />

she wrote a pattern using a rather expensive yarn<br />

choice. After all, when you spend your money on<br />

overpriced nut milk lattes, you have little left for<br />

fancy yarn.<br />

Would the knitting wars have happened if<br />

people were eating a traditional nourishing diet?<br />

Maybe, and maybe not. Watch the key players in the<br />

attacks and look at their food choices. They have<br />

more in common than how they voted in the last<br />

election.<br />

One doesn’t need to be a doctor to know that<br />

eating a high amount of packaged processed foods<br />

makes one feel like a log. Give a kid a package of<br />

Oreos and wait for the future sugar crash and ensuing<br />

emotional meltdown. Multiply this by 10 and you<br />

have adult women demanding another knitter denounce<br />

a fellow knitter because they knitted a Hufflepuff<br />

scarf. These women will share the latest Oreo<br />

cookie flavor in one story and in the next they are<br />

asking about the local kid-friendly drag shows in<br />

their area.<br />

8<br />

Yarn Snobbery Continued on page 5


HEARTS<br />

by Spuds MacKenzie<br />


Measurements & Gauge:<br />

Adult, (Teen: 11 – 19 years old, Child: 3 – 10 years old)<br />

22 st = 4”, 26 rows = 4”<br />

Yarn:<br />

1 skein each Superwash Worsted in two different colors with high contrast.<br />

Needles:<br />

US6 (4.0 mm) and US8 (5.0 mm) 16” circular needles and US8 (5.0 mm) dpns<br />

Notions:<br />

5 stitch markers – 4 in one color and 1 in a different color<br />

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends<br />

Abbreviations:<br />

K = knit<br />

P = purl<br />

St = stitch<br />

K2tog = knit 2 together<br />

sm = slip marker<br />

ssk = slip slip knit<br />

dpn = double pointed needle<br />

8<br />

7<br />

6<br />

5<br />

4<br />

3<br />

2<br />

1<br />

Cast-On<br />

With the smaller circular needles, cast-on 120, (96, 72)<br />

stitches using a stretchy cast-on such as the long-tail caston.<br />

Joining in the round, place marker. Be careful not to<br />

twist your stitches!<br />

Round 1: *k2, p2*<br />

Repeat this round for 3 (2, 1) inches. Ribbing can be made<br />

longer if you wish to roll the brim.<br />

Change to larger needles now.<br />

Pattern:<br />

Knit 6 rows.<br />

Knit chart once.<br />

After chart, knit 6 rows or until 6.” (5.5”, 4.5”) from cast-on<br />

edge.<br />

On Row 6, place markers every 20, (16, 12) stitches.<br />

The beginning of your round should have a different color<br />

of marker.<br />

Crown: You will shape your hat by alternating decrease<br />

and knit rounds. Switch to dpns when needed.<br />

Round 1: ssk, (k to 2 st before marker, K2tog, sm, ssk)<br />

Repeat until 2 stitches before last marker and knit<br />

Round 2: Knit<br />

Repeat with Rounds 1&2 4 additional times.<br />

Round 11: repeat Round 1<br />

Round 12: (k to two stitches before marker, k2tog) x 6<br />

Round 13: k2tog<br />

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread a tapestry needle and<br />

thread tail through the open loops. Pull tight to close.<br />

Weave in all ends. Block lightly.<br />


By Yelena of Scythia<br />

Lady DYE L $<br />

10<br />

D+<br />

The inaugural issue of Blocked Magazine published<br />

an article on customer service and reported<br />

on Lady Dye’s treatment of a customer named<br />

“Wendy”. As our dear readers may recall, Lady Dye<br />

received an email from Wendy who did not like the<br />

bright, neon colors used in a yarn club inspired by<br />

“The Golden Girls” television series. Lady Dye proceeded<br />

to discuss on an Instagram Live video how<br />

“unprofessional” Wendy when she expressed her<br />

disappointment in the yarn club in a private email.<br />

Lady Dye then bragged about cancelling all of<br />

Wendy’s other orders, including a VIP<br />

Club membership. She also admitted that<br />

no one in her East or West Coast<br />

branches had checked the business email<br />

for two weeks. So, where is Lady Dye<br />

now?<br />

Lady Dye is the subject of Alert post,<br />

started on May 3, on the Demon Troll (DT)<br />

discussion board on Ravelry. As of this<br />

writing, there are 5716 comments on this<br />

Alert thread. At the time of publication,<br />

the thread will undoubtedly have more<br />

comments. It’s almost as if no lessons were learned<br />

about customer service since the first issue of<br />

Blocked.<br />

On September 28, a rather objective summary of<br />

the Lady Dye “situation” was posted. I found the<br />

summary to quite thorough, even-handed and welldocumented.<br />

It appears that for several years, customers<br />

have had issues with Lady Dye shipping<br />

pre-orders out in a timely manner, but things started<br />

to snowball with the Winterpalooza 2022 pre-order<br />

box. The Winterpalooza box was on sale in November/December<br />

for a March 2022 delivery. Interesting<br />

that a winter yarn box didn’t have a promised<br />

shipping date until the end of winter/beginning of<br />

spring.<br />

Lady Dye started receiving emails about the Winterpalooza<br />

box in April. She communicated shipping<br />

progress on various social media posts. According<br />

to the nice summary on DT, on June 1, Lady<br />

Dye had shipped 270 of 350 boxes (77%). An email<br />

sent on June 2 claimed that 95% of the boxes (332)<br />

had been shipped. However, on July 21, 300 of the<br />

350 Winterpalooza boxes (86%) had been shipped.<br />

This math is hurting my head. Some customers confirmed<br />

in August that they had received refunds in<br />

August.<br />

In March, Lady Dye announced that she had<br />

some extra stock of 19th Amendment kits that<br />

were ready to ship and these kits were listed in<br />

her shop. As of September 28, these kits have<br />

yet to be shipped. The 2022 Sock Society subscriptions<br />

are also experiencing delays. Several<br />

customers have reported that their Q3 Sock Society<br />

subscriptions were charged before the Q2<br />

subscription shipped.<br />

There are also multiple reports of incomplete<br />

kits or yarn colors not as described. Many<br />

of the customers who actually received a Winterpalooza<br />

box have reported that they only received<br />

3 full-sized skeins plus 1-2 minis rather than<br />

the 4 full-sized skeins as indicated in the box description.<br />

Some boxes are also missing patterns and<br />

stitch markers.<br />

Lady Dye customers are also reporting a lack of<br />

communication or inconsistent communication<br />

about customer service. According to Lady Dye’s<br />

various communications over the last five months,<br />

she has told customers to 1) not email her; 2) send<br />

her an IG direct message; 3) just kidding, send her<br />

an email; 4) wait, don’t do that, please fill out this<br />

form; 5) reply to this particular email but don’t send<br />

a separate email; and 6) please email this other person<br />

directly. The various ways Lady Dye has requested<br />

customers to communicate with her have<br />

gotten me all tangled in yarn!<br />

Continued on next page...<br />


Lady Dye - Continued From page 10<br />

On top of all these issues with individual customers,<br />

the piece de resistance is that Lady Dye’s<br />

flagship Local Yarn Shop retailer, Eat.Sleep.Knit, has<br />

not even received half of a large wholesale order<br />

made in December 2021. From all accounts,<br />

Eat.Sleep.Knit is a lovely LYS with fantastic customer<br />

service. The proprietress has publicly stated on DT<br />

that Lady Dye owes her $9,952. Since she<br />

has been unable to receive<br />

a refund directly<br />

from Lady Dye, she has<br />

filed a dispute with her<br />

credit card company.<br />

This order included 80<br />

copies of the print<br />

edition of the “Candid<br />

and Colorful” publication.<br />

This brings us to<br />

Lady Dye’s foray into<br />

publishing. “Candid and<br />

Colorful” was announced<br />

in early 2021<br />

and a spring and fall<br />

edition would be published.<br />

An e-publication<br />

would be available for<br />

$45, while the print<br />

edition is priced at $50.<br />

This publication was expected<br />

to be around 100<br />

pages. The e-pub was<br />

published in December<br />

2021. While the print<br />

version was promised by<br />

the end of January 2022, it still has not been<br />

shipped. I recently ordered the first issue of the new<br />

ISOM comic book from Rippaverse, a new business<br />

venture owned by Young Rippa (Eric July), which is<br />

about the same length as “Candid and Colorful”<br />

and only cost me $35. I ordered ISOM as a preorder<br />

at the end of August, and I just received an e-<br />

mail notification that my order has shipped. Given<br />

the cost differential of a similar print publication<br />

size, I wonder what the pages of “Candid and Colorful”<br />

are made of. Gold leaf? The difference in the<br />

experiences of those who purchased the print version<br />

of “Candid and Colorful” and ISOM is stark. I<br />

am looking forward to Young Rippa’s continued<br />

success with the Rippaverse. I am also looking forward<br />

to the amazing indie dyers out there who are<br />

going to dye Rippaverse colorways!<br />

Back to Lady Dye. VIP Clubs. Lady Dye<br />

has annual VIP Clubs with bronze, silver and<br />

gold tiers. The annual VIP<br />

Club membership entitles<br />

members to a certain percentage<br />

off all orders, an<br />

electronic subscription to<br />

“Candid and Colorful”<br />

(which is supposed to be<br />

published twice annually),<br />

quarterly surprises, four free<br />

patterns, a tote bag and access<br />

to a monthly craft night<br />

on Zoom. The math was<br />

done on the break even for<br />

the gold tier, and a gold tier<br />

VIP Club member would<br />

need to spend $1,700 USD<br />

in one year to break even.<br />

Guess how much yarn is<br />

listed on Lady Dye’s website?<br />

None. That’s right.<br />

None. VIP Club members<br />

have not been able to order<br />

yarn since at least mid-July.<br />

Lady Dye’s website states<br />

that there will be an update<br />

to the shop in mid-July. It is<br />

now October and the only<br />

items available for purchase are the “Candid and<br />

Colorful” e-publication and Craftivist Craft Night<br />

sessions. There is no way someone can break even<br />

with a VIP Club membership unless Lady Dye lists a<br />

significant amount of yarn in her shop between now<br />

and the end of the year. Lady Dye announced that<br />

she is moving from Boston to Providence, Rhode Island.<br />

Given the fact that she is moving her home,<br />

moving her yarn shop in Boston and catching up on<br />

orders from 2021, prospects of breaking even on<br />

the VIP Club memberships are not looking good.<br />

Lady Dye - Continued on page 15<br />


DISHIDENT #6<br />

by UKnitted Kingdom<br />

12<br />


Each issue of Blocked will contain a ‘secret’ pattern. The<br />

design will only be revealed as you knit. The<br />

instructions might uncover an image; a design, or a<br />

word/message.<br />

When using cotton these secret squares make<br />

excellent dishcloths. If you make 4 or 5 of each square in<br />

wool or acrylic they can be seamed together at the end<br />

of the year to make a small Afghan or lap blanket.<br />


Each dishident uses approximately 41 to 43g of<br />

worsted weight 100% cotton. Follow the yarn<br />

manufacturer’s recommended needle size.<br />


→ Row 1 [WS]: k45<br />

← Row 2 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 3 [WS]: k45<br />

← Row 4 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 5 [WS]: k45<br />

← Row 6 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 7 [WS]: k4, p37, k4<br />

← Row 8 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 9 [WS]: k4, p15, k8, p14, k4<br />

← Row 10 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 11 [WS]: k4, p11, k16, p10, k4<br />

← Row 12 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 13 [WS]: k4, p8, k5, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k5,<br />

p7, k4<br />

← Row 14 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 15 [WS]: k4, p5, k5, p2, k1, p3, k1, p4, k1,<br />

p3, k1, p2, k5, p4, k4<br />

← Row 16 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 17 [WS]: k4, p3, k4, p23, k4, p3, k4<br />

← Row 18 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 19 [WS]: k4, p2, k4, p3, k1, p3, k1, p4, k1,<br />

p4, k1, p3, k1, p3, k4, p2, k4<br />

← Row 20 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 21 [WS]: k4, p1, k4, p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k3,<br />

p2, k3, p2, k3, p2, k4, p1, k4

← Row 22 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 23 [WS]: k4, p1, k4, p1, k25, p1, k4, p1, k4<br />

← Row 24 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 25 [WS]: k4, p1, k4, p1, k25, p1, k4, p1, k4<br />

← Row 26 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 27 [WS]: k4, p1, k15, p6, k14, p1, k4<br />

← Row 28 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 29 [WS]: k4, p1, k17, p2, k16, p1, k4<br />

← Row 30 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 31 [WS]: k4, p1, k35, p1, k4<br />

← Row 32 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 33 [WS]: k4, p1, k5, p2, k3, p4, k7, p4, k3,<br />

p2, k5, p1, k4<br />

← Row 34 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 35 [WS]: k4, p1, k5, p3, k1, p3, k11, p3, k1,<br />

p3, k5, p1, k4<br />

← Row 36 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 37 [WS]: k4, p1, k5, p4, k16, p5, k5, p1, k4<br />

← Row 38 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 39 [WS]: k4, p1, k5, p2, k6, p1, k7, p1, k6,<br />

p2, k5, p1, k4<br />

← Row 40 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 41 [WS]: k4, p1, k5, p1, k5, p1, k11, p1, k5,<br />

p1, k5, p1, k4<br />

← Row 42 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 43 [WS]: k4, p2, k8, p1, k15, p1, k8, p2, k4<br />

← Row 44 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 45 [WS]: k4, p4, k29, p4, k4<br />

← Row 46 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 47 [WS]: k4, p6, k9, p1, k3, p1, k11, p6, k4<br />

← Row 48 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 49 [WS]: k4, p11, k3, p2, k4, p3, k3, p11, k4<br />

← Row 50 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 51 [WS]: k4, p16, k4, p17, k4<br />

← Row 52 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 53 [WS]: k4, p17, k4, p16, k4<br />

← Row 54 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 55 [WS]: k4, p19, k3, p15, k4<br />

← Row 56 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 57 [WS]: k45<br />

← Row 58 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 59 [WS]: k45<br />

← Row 60 [RS]: k45<br />

→ Row 61 [WS]: k45<br />

← Row 62 [RS]: k45<br />

Bind off<br />


CO<br />

k<br />

p<br />

Cast on<br />

Knit<br />

Purl<br />

TIPS<br />

If preferred, slip the first OR the last stitch of every row<br />

to create a neater edge. When purling a stitch immediately<br />

after knitting a stitch; pull the excess yarn out of<br />

the purl stitch before knitting or purling on. This helps<br />

to reduce loose/baggy knit stitches.<br />

NOTES<br />

Occasionally a dishident or secret square might not be<br />

suitable for children and ‘polite company’. Where this is<br />

the case it will be made clear. This month the designs<br />

are all child friendly and polite.<br />

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This month’s ‘Dropped Stitch’ is:<br />

Lady Dye Yarns<br />

Boston, MA.<br />

On 02, October 2022,<br />

Blocked Magazine invited<br />

Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Yarns<br />

to respond to the<br />

allegations made against her<br />

by several of her<br />

patrons and customers<br />

through the<br />

Demon Trolls thread<br />

on Ravelry.<br />

She did not reply.<br />

©UKnitted Kingdom<br />


Lady Dye - Continued From page 11<br />

Thus far, Lady Dye has done several IG Lives<br />

where she discusses “lessons learned”, but this casual<br />

observer hasn’t seen Lady Dye’s business processes<br />

change enough to enable her to catch up<br />

and get back to dying and selling yarn. She has<br />

taken classes to help her run her business, but she<br />

frequently states that creatives are not good at business.<br />

I don’t think this assessment is fair to creatives<br />

in general. There are many creatives out there who<br />

run successful businesses. I do business with them<br />

all the time. One time my favorite indie yarn dyers<br />

accidentally messed up shipping of an order. I sent<br />

one email asking about the status. She quickly investigated<br />

and offered to re-dye the yarn. On top of<br />

that, she sent me a generous coupon. I don’t even<br />

want to go into the amount of money I have spent<br />

with her since this mistake. She is extremely creative<br />

and is also a fantastic business owner. Her customer<br />

service is top notch. She does not overextend herself.<br />

She never makes promises she can’t keep.<br />

Does that limit her growth? Absolutely. But she has<br />

a group of extremely loyal customers who will drop<br />

way too much money on her yarn.<br />

On to another issue - pattern designers. Based<br />

on reports on Demon Troll, Lady Dye has been distributing<br />

patterns without a distribution agreement<br />

with the designer and/or properly compensating<br />

them. DT is compiling a list of pattern designers<br />

who have been impacted.<br />

One designer, Angela Tong,<br />

confirmed on Demon Troll<br />

that Lady Dye had purchased<br />

one copy of one of<br />

her patterns and then<br />

emailed it to her VIP Club<br />

members.<br />

It appears that Lady Dye<br />

hasn’t quite figured out the<br />

operations aspect of her<br />

business. This is unfortunate<br />

because I never want<br />

to see a small business<br />

owner fail. I want to see all<br />

of them be wildly successful.<br />

Lady Dye may not be my cup<br />

$ Troll.<br />

$<br />

of tea, but she certainly is others’. I sincerely hope<br />

that she rectifies the situation with her customers.<br />

However, with all the refund demands and credit<br />

card disputes, she may very well be having cash<br />

flow issues which will make it even harder for her to<br />

dig out of the hole she has gotten herself into.<br />

There are various figures being thrown around on<br />

DT, but to give Lady Dye the benefit of the doubt,<br />

she owes about $16,000 in refunds to customers,<br />

the largest being Eat.Sleep.Knit.<br />

When Blocked Magazine started looking into<br />

the latest Lady Dye affair, Uknitted Kingdom<br />

reached out to the person who posted the wellwritten,<br />

objective summary on Demon Troll to see if<br />

she was willing to have her summary printed in this<br />

edition of Blocked Magazine. She politely declined<br />

and then let Demon Troll mods know, which is entirely<br />

fair and her prerogative. Once Blocked Magazine’s<br />

investigation became public, several people<br />

posted quite lovely remarks on Demon Troll that included<br />

four letter words and various uncreative insults.<br />

Apparently, a published news article, on the<br />

business practices (or lack thereof), of a well-known<br />

knitfluencer & indie dyer, to make others aware is,<br />

according to them, “racist”. But allowing a Ravelry<br />

thread on ongoing business issues with this same<br />

dyer that has 5716 comments (as-of this writing) is<br />

not. Alrighty then. News is news.<br />

Before certain participants in the<br />

Demon Troll thread protest about the<br />

lack of coverage of Sherry Tenney,<br />

never fear! Blocked Magazine contributors<br />

are hard at work on their investigation,<br />

and the Sherry Tenney story will<br />

be covered in the next issue, so stay<br />

tuned! I am sure they are eagerly awaiting<br />

the next issue! Also, before these<br />

lovely Demon Troll posters go off about<br />

how racist and awful this article is, remember<br />

that everything in this article is<br />

taken from your own posts on Demon<br />

Physician, heal thyself.<br />

$ $<br />


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y Karen Juliano<br />

Knitting Gifts<br />

Do you save the good yarn for yourself,<br />

or do you knit gifts for someone special?<br />

I really enjoy knitting in and of itself, so whenever I<br />

have the option to knit a gift, that is a big plus. If it’s<br />

actually requested, I’m ecstatic! Knitting for someone<br />

else gives me the opportunity to explore colors, styles,<br />

or sizes that are not my usual thing. After all, how<br />

many red shawls does a girl need? My sister, on the<br />

other hand, will never pick red. Finding the perfect<br />

blue for her makes my crafting world more colorful.<br />

Now it is true, not everyone is “knit worthy” – I do have<br />

a few loved ones who have made it clear they would<br />

prefer store-bought gifts over handmade. The year I<br />

learned to knit, I made hats for several people in my<br />

family. My brother opened his, put it on and announced,<br />

“I look like a repo man.” That didn’t seem<br />

like a compliment, and I never saw him wear it again.<br />

Sometimes it’s a gamble.<br />

Two things I love about handmade gifts. First, no<br />

one already has it. Second, it will be the perfect color!<br />

Many a back-to-school shopping trips in my adolescence<br />

taught me you can’t always find a red sweater.<br />

Now, I know you may be thinking, it’s just early autumn<br />

in the northern hemisphere. The pumpkins<br />

growing in my garden are just beginning to turn orange.<br />

The holidays are not right around the corner,<br />

and neither is the first snow. Thoughtfulness takes<br />

time and planning, and so does shipping. Need I<br />

point out birthdays<br />

and new babies arrive<br />

all year long?<br />

I feel fortunate to<br />

have raised three<br />

boys who appreciate<br />

knitted hats and<br />

socks, and have requested<br />

© Karen Juliano<br />

whole<br />

sweaters. From<br />

time to time, I<br />

have knitted<br />

gifts for girlfriends.<br />

The<br />

dreaded “boyfriend<br />

sweater<br />

curse” – the idea<br />

that spending<br />

lots of money<br />

on yarn, and<br />

precious time<br />

© Karen Juliano<br />

and effort to<br />

knit a BIG project for someone else tempts fate to<br />

show you just how fickle relationships can be, I don’t<br />

worry much about that. If it’s meant to be, they’ll stick<br />

around. In the meantime, I gave a gift from the heart,<br />

and those are the best kind. I’m not kidding myself,<br />

though; if I can use gift-giving as a reason to buy more<br />

yarn and spend time knitting, I will!<br />

Last year, I knitted a pair of slippers for everyone<br />

on my list. I started in September in order to be done<br />

by late December. I worked from one pattern but had<br />

to improvise some in-between sizes. Working through<br />

the pattern so many times allowed me to refine what<br />

worked best. I ended up with nineteen pairs, as I recall,<br />

none exactly like the others. Of course, I started<br />

with the ones that would need shipping. My palette<br />

had eleven colors, including three blues which I<br />

wouldn’t have gotten for myself. I understand my<br />

brother wore his daily. He sent me a picture of his<br />

holey slippers with apologies – best compliment ever!<br />



COWL<br />

by LizClothierdesigns<br />


Measurements & Gauge:<br />

20 stitches per 4 inches(10 cm)<br />

Yarn:<br />

Sample knit with Barnyard Knits DK<br />

in Bandana using approx 65 grams<br />

© 2022 Liz Clothier Designs<br />

Needles:<br />

Needles 3.5mm and 5.0mm<br />

Notions:<br />

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends<br />

Pattern:<br />

With smaller needles cast on 110 stitches.<br />

Work Knit 3, Purl 2 ribbing for 10 rows.<br />

1. Change to larger needles<br />

knit 1, k2tog, knit 53 stitches, k2tog,<br />

knit around decreasing to 108 stitches.<br />

2. Knit<br />

3. Knit<br />

4-6. Knit 3, Purl 3<br />

7-9. Purl 3, Knit 3<br />

10-12. Knit 3 rounds<br />

13. Purl<br />

14-16. Knit<br />

17-26. On Odd rows, Knit 3, purl 6, On Even rows, knit.<br />

27-30. Knit<br />

31. Purl<br />

32-34. Knit<br />

35-37. Knit 3, Purl 3<br />

38-40. Purl 3, Knit 3<br />

41-42. Knit<br />

43. Knit 1, M1, Knit 54, M1, Knit around, increasing to 110 stitches.<br />

Change to smaller needles<br />

Work Knit 3, Purl 2 ribbing for 10 rows and bind off loosely.<br />

© 2022 Liz Clothier Designs<br />


Reflections on Learning<br />

TO KNIT<br />

by Laura N<br />

I did not learn to knit as a child or even as a teen. It<br />

was just a handful of years ago, in fact, when the last<br />

of my sons left for college and the house got quiet<br />

that I decided to take up knitting. I bought “Stitch ‘n<br />

Bitch” and proceeded to read my way into crafting.<br />

Reading has always been my primary tactic for learning<br />

just about anything. With knitting, however,<br />

reading could only take me so far. I made a lot of ugly<br />

scarves.<br />

There is a wonderful yarn shop in my town where I<br />

would go to stare at the walls of yarn and occasionally<br />

buy things I thought I needed: yarn (bright and bulky),<br />

needles (straight and wooden), and of course, more<br />

books. At the register, I spotted a printed<br />

paper with a calendar of classes. I took it<br />

home, thought about it for way too long,<br />

and continued making ugly scarves and<br />

an ill-fitting hat or 12.<br />

I discovered YouTube videos, and they<br />

helped some, but there is just no substitute for<br />

three-dimensional, human instruction. I finally enrolled<br />

in a sweater class at my LYS. This was where I<br />

met my kind, wise, patient, and funny knitting teacher,<br />

Carol. I learned so much from Carol. She had an instinctive<br />

way of knowing exactly how to trigger comprehension<br />

of the most confusing techniques. (I’m<br />

talking to you brioche increases and decreases.) She<br />

never made me feel stupid, even when I asked why I<br />

should use lightbulb stitch markers to mark my sleeve<br />

decreases instead of the regular round ones. When<br />

Carol taught a class, I took it. We shared a love of college<br />

football and reading, and our conversations over<br />

the course of those many afternoons and evenings are<br />

knitted into my mind and heart.<br />

We crafters spend many hours alone stitching our<br />

masterpieces. Indeed, we are blessed to be able to<br />

order supplies online, develop relationships with<br />

other crafters online, and yes, we can even learn much<br />

online. However, real human interaction provides<br />

something unique, something irreplaceable, something<br />

enduring. Perhaps this is why we love our retreats,<br />

meet-ups, knit nights, and classes. We love to<br />

be with other knitters, to see what they’re making, to<br />

feel their yarns, to learn with and be inspired by one<br />

another.<br />

We lost Carol a few weeks ago. It was and is heartrending.<br />

I am but a drop in the vast ocean of people<br />

who loved her and whose lives she touched. She<br />

modeled patience, wisdom, and humor. She presided<br />

over a table of knitters with varying abilities,<br />

myriad projects, diverse personalities, and diverging<br />

opinions, but everyone was welcome.<br />

We sat under her tutelage, but we<br />

learned from one another as well.<br />

Every knitting table is a microcosm<br />

of a time, place, and culture. That little<br />

world and the larger one were better<br />

with Carol in it. She taught me so much and<br />

I am still learning from her example.<br />


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SHAWL<br />

by Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Your Cats Are Ugly is a fingering-weight<br />

shawl pattern. Knit anti-clockwise in a semicircle,<br />

changing colors to create 3 claw motifs.<br />

The pattern’s title was inspired by an amusing<br />

Instagram insult, “All your cats are ugly!”<br />


Measurements & Gauge:<br />

6 stitches per inch in garter stitch.<br />

Yarn:<br />

60g of fingering weight yarn in a neutral color and<br />

120g in a contrasting color or in minis/leftovers. In<br />

this example I used Opal Uni 4 Ply - Black (2619) -<br />

60g, and 12 Opal minis (10g each).<br />

Needles:<br />

4 mm or size needed to obtain gauge. Directions<br />

are given for 1 circular needles. (I’m a tight knitter –<br />

Continental knitters might prefer to use 3.5 or<br />

3.75mm needles)<br />

I-cord set-up:<br />

With 4 mm needles, using the neutral yarn, and<br />

leaving at least a 12” tail, cast on 3 stitches.<br />

Sl 3 from left needle to right needle.<br />

K3, Sl the 3 stitches from left needle to right needle.<br />

Don’t be tempted to pick up and knit right up to the<br />

end of the i-cord. There should be an i-cord ‘tail’ of<br />

approx.10 to 15 rows.<br />

Including the 3 i-cord stitches you will now have 278<br />

stitches on your needle.<br />

TIP<br />

If, when knitting the GSR double stitches, you find the<br />

stitch appears untidy or loose, knit the double stitch<br />

through the back loops and wrap the yarn around your<br />

needle in the opposite direction to your usual method.<br />

This helps tighten up the slack. On the return row knit in<br />

your usual method.<br />

Wedge Style One (main/neutral color)<br />

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Put the 3 cast on stitches onto a stitch marker (you<br />

will be working with these stitches at the end of the<br />

project.<br />

Continue knitting the i-cord for a total of 290 rows<br />

(don’t worry if you have more than 290 rows as<br />

you can unravel these at the end of the project if<br />

required.<br />

22<br />

Section 1 and set-up (main/neutral color)<br />

With the three i-cord stitches still on the needle,<br />

skip the first stitch nearest the needle and pick up<br />

and knit 275 stitches by inserting your needle into<br />

both legs of each stitch along the i-cord (for a larger<br />

shawl - increase this stitch count by increments of<br />

11 stitches).<br />

Row 1 (WS): slip the first stitch purl-wise with yarn in<br />

front. Pull up on the yarn to create a German Short Row<br />

‘double stitch’. K10, PM, knit to last 3 stitches, slip last 3<br />

stitches purl-wise with yarn with yarn in front.<br />

Ugly Cats Continued on page 23

Row 2 (RS): k to marker. RM, turn work, with yarn in front<br />

pull up on the yarn to create a German Short Row ‘double<br />

stitch’. K10, PM, knit to last 3 stitches, slip last 3 stitches<br />

purl-wise with yarn in front.<br />

Continue row 1 and row 2, knitting shorter rows each time<br />

until you have no stitches left.<br />

You will be ready to start on the RS for the next wedge.<br />

Cut working yarn, weave in end.<br />

(change color here)<br />

Row 1 (RS): With a 10g fingering weight mini join and k3,<br />

KFB, k until the first double-stitch. Knit the double-stitch as<br />

if it is 1 stitch. Continue across the row knitting each double-stitch<br />

as if it is 1 stitch. At the end of the row pick up<br />

and knit one stitch from the i-cord tail.<br />

Row 2 (WS): slip the first stitch purl-wise with yarn in front.<br />

Pull up on the yarn to create a German Short Row ‘double<br />

stitch’. K10, PM, knit to last 3 stitches, slip last 3 stitches<br />

purl-wise with yarn with yarn in front.<br />

Row 3 (RS): k to marker. RM, turn work, with yarn in front<br />

pull up on the yarn to create a German Short Row ‘double<br />

stitch’. K10, PM, knit to last 3 stitches, slip last 3 stitches<br />

purl-wise with yarn in front.<br />

Continue row 2 and row 3, knitting shorter rows each time<br />

until you have no stitches left.<br />

You will be ready to start on the RS for the next wedge.<br />

Cut working yarn leaving enough length to weave in to the<br />

fabric.<br />

1. Repeat Wedge Style one in CC<br />

2. Repeat Wedge Style one in CC<br />

Wedge Style Two (change color here)<br />

Row 1 (RS): With a 10g mini k3, KFB, k until the first doublestitch.<br />

Knit the double-stitch as if it is 1 stitch. Continue across<br />

the row knitting each double-stitch as if it is 1 stitch. At<br />

the end of the row pick up and knit one stitch from the i-<br />

cord tail.<br />

Row 2 (WS): slip the first stitch purl-wise with yarn in front.<br />

Pull up on the yarn to create a German Short Row ‘double<br />

stitch’. K10, PM, knit to last 3 stitches, slip last 3 stitches<br />

purl-wise with yarn with yarn in front.<br />

Row 3 (RS): k to marker. RM, turn work, with yarn in front<br />

pull up on the yarn to create a German Short Row ‘double<br />

stitch’. K10, PM, knit to last 3 stitches, slip last 3 stitches<br />

purl-wise with yarn in front.<br />

Continue row 2 and row 3, knitting shorter rows each time<br />

until you have worked 6 German Short Rows and have 238<br />

stitches left including the 3 edge stitches. Knit 235 stitches<br />

and slip the last 3 wyf.<br />

(RS) Change to main/neutral color. K to marker. RM, turn<br />

work, with yarn in front pull up on the yarn to create a German<br />

Short Row ‘double stitch’. K10, PM, knit to last 3<br />

stitches, slip last 3 stitches purl-wise with yarn in front.<br />

Continue row 2 and row 3, knitting shorter rows each time<br />

until you have no stitches left.<br />

You will be ready to start on the RS for the next wedge.<br />

Cut working yarn leaving enough length to weave in<br />

to the fabric.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style one (change color here)<br />

Repeat Wedge Style two (change color here)<br />

Repeat Wedge Style one (change color here)<br />

Repeat Wedge Style two (change color here)<br />

Repeat Wedge Style one (change color here)<br />

Repeat Wedge Style one (change color here)<br />

Section 2<br />

In section 2 the pattern<br />

changes slightly. For<br />

the entirety of this section<br />

do not pick up any<br />

stitches from the i-cord.<br />

This means the last<br />

stitches on the neck<br />

edge will reduce by<br />

one for every wedge<br />

completed. The i-cord<br />

will not be connected<br />

to the wedges from the<br />

point onwards.<br />

- In main/neutral color<br />

repeat Wedge Style<br />

One, do not increase or<br />

pick up.<br />

- In CC/mini repeat<br />

Wedge Style One,<br />

no increase or pick up.<br />

- In CC/mini repeat<br />

Wedge Style One,<br />

© Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Ugly Cats Continued on page 24<br />


Ugly Cats Continued...<br />

no increase or pick up.<br />

- Beginning with CC/mini repeat Wedge Style Two,<br />

no increase or pick up.<br />

- In CC/mini repeat Wedge Style One,<br />

no increase or pick up.<br />

- Beginning CC/mini<br />

repeat Wedge Style Two, no increase or pick up.<br />

You are now at the<br />

middle point.<br />

Continuing in the<br />

neutral colourway knit all the neutral<br />

coloured stitches, knitting the GSR double-stitches tbl as if<br />

each was 1 stitch.<br />

When you reach the last neutral coloured stitch, continue<br />

knitting for 12 more stitches. Turn.<br />

Knit back to the last 3 stitches. Slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, knit to<br />

the end of the row, turn (GSR), knit to last 4 stitches, Kfb (inc<br />

1 stitch), slip 3.<br />

Wedge Style Four<br />

Section 3<br />

Wedge Style Three<br />

Still in the neutral color, K3, k11, turn (GSR), knit to last 3<br />

stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />


‘SPIKE’, turn (GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

(on subsequent style 3 wedges match the height of the<br />

other spikes. )<br />

Change to CC<br />

24<br />

Still in the CC color, K3, k11, turn (GSR), knit to last 3<br />

stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

Continue in this fashion until you run out of stitches, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 4 stitches, Kfb (inc 1 stitch), slip 3.<br />

Change to neutral color and repeat wedge style 3<br />

Change to CC and repeat wedge style 4.<br />

Repeat wedge style 4.<br />

Change to neutral color and repeat wedge style 4.<br />

Section 4<br />

Wedge style 4<br />

Still in the CC color, K3, k11, turn (GSR), knit to last 3<br />

stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

Ugly Cats Continued on page 25

Ugly Cats Continued...<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

Continue in this fashion until you run out of stitches, turn<br />

(GSR), K2tog, knit to last 4 stitches, Kfb (inc 1 stitch), slip 3.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style 4<br />

Wedge Style three<br />

In the neutral color, K3, k11, turn (GSR), knit to last 3<br />

stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />


‘SPIKES’, turn (GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

Change to CC<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the double-stitch, knit the dbl stitch tbl, k11, turn<br />

(GSR), knit to last 3 stitches, slip 3.<br />

K3, knit to the doublestitch,<br />

knit the dbl stitch tbl,<br />

knit to the end of the row,<br />

turn (GSR), K2tog, knit to<br />

last 4 stitches, Kfb (inc 1<br />

stitch), slip 3.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style 4<br />

ensuring to K2tog at the<br />

neck edge on the last row<br />

of the wedge.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style 3<br />

ensuring to K2tog at the<br />

neck edge on the last row<br />

of the wedge.<br />

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Repeat Wedge Style 4 ensuring to K2tog at the neck edge<br />

on the last row of the wedge.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style 3 ensuring to K2tog at the neck edge<br />

on the last row of the wedge.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style 4 ensuring to K2tog at the neck edge<br />

on the last row of the wedge.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style 4 ensuring to K2tog at the neck edge<br />

on the last row of the wedge.<br />

Repeat Wedge Style 4 ensuring to K2tog at the neck edge<br />

on the last row of the wedge.<br />

i-cord Cast off.<br />

K3, slip the 3 stitches back onto the left needle (this creates<br />

a corner). K2, K2tbl. Slip the 3 stitches back onto the left<br />

needle. K2, K2tbl.<br />

Continue in this fashion until there are only 3 live stitches<br />

on the needle.<br />

K2, slip the last stitch onto the right needle. Pick up a stitch<br />

from the garter stitch edge of section 3. Insert your left<br />

needle into the backs of the picked up stitch and the<br />

slipped stitch. Knit them together through the back loops.<br />

Slip 3 back to the left needle and repeat until there are no<br />

stitches left to pick up.<br />

Now join the two i-cord edges together using Kitchener<br />

stitch. Before doing this you might have to unravel some of<br />

the original i-cord to make the join match.<br />

Weave in any remaining ends, wash and block.<br />

Abbreviations<br />

GSR - German Short Row<br />

k - knit<br />

slip 1 - slip one purlwise<br />

st(s) - stitch(es)<br />

K2tog - Knit 2 together; a decrease<br />

KFB - Increase one stitch by knitting into the front of<br />

the stitch and then into the back of the stitch.<br />



by Uknitted Kingdom<br />


© 2022 Liz Clothier Designs<br />

“What has been will be again, what has been done<br />

will be done again; there is nothing new under the<br />

sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9<br />

Forgive this heathen of an atheist for quoting Bible<br />

verses, but I recently experienced something akin to<br />

this in my knitting life.<br />

It was a Friday night and I had been happily designing<br />

a cowl, using what I thought was an original<br />

idea. Less than 24 hours later, one of my online knitting<br />

friends showed a pattern she was designing on<br />

her YouTube channel. It wasn’t the same pattern, but it<br />

was eerily like the one I was an inch into knitting. Both<br />

are cowls with a rib that leans diagonally. The realization<br />

that although not “the stupidest man in all existence,”<br />

I wasn’t quite as clever as I thought. I looked<br />

closer at what I had knitted so far. It wasn’t my best<br />

work, it wasn’t the best choice of yarn for that project<br />

(King Cole Riot is a lovely yarn but leaves slightly uneven<br />

stitches), and I wasn’t even sure why I was knitting<br />

it. My friend’s cowl was better on all fronts. My<br />

initial disappointment became thankfulness as I put<br />

the project to one side for a probable eternal timeout.<br />

The original idea behind the design was inspired<br />

by a pair of 1972 reprints of “Mary Thomas’s Knitting<br />

Book” (1938), and “Mary Thomas’s Book of Knitting<br />

Patterns” (1943). These two gems are a recent find for<br />

me, and what a find! Like many of the knitting books<br />

of that era Thomas’s books are text-heavy, photograph<br />

light, but very well illustrated. The earlier of the two<br />

books contains very few pithy instructions (a phrase I<br />

first encountered in an Elizabeth Zimmermann book)<br />

and, as a result, it is not easy to locate some of her<br />

best tips and tricks. A thorough reading of the text is<br />

required. Contemporary row-by-row instructions appear<br />

to be a relatively new phenomenon.<br />

Whilst reading Thomas’s first book I was surprised<br />

to see many ideas and techniques that I had thought<br />

were invented (or ‘unvented’ as she liked to say) by<br />

Elizabeth Zimmermann. Thomas’s second book contained<br />

patterns that were later published in Barbara<br />

Walker’s “Treasuries.” Zimmermann and Walker are oft<br />

described as knitting “genii,” trailblazers, and the architects<br />

of modern knitting. It appears, at the risk of<br />

being sacrilegious to the memory of Saint Zimmermann<br />

and Saint Walker, that both were standing on<br />

the shoulders of their predecessor, Mary Thomas, and<br />

in turn, Thomas probably took ideas from her predecessors.<br />

To put this in a contemporary context, at the time<br />

of writing, many of you will have seen the first clue of<br />

Stephen West’s latest shawl knit-along, “Twist and<br />

Turn.” In the first section of the shawl, West walks the<br />

knitter through the creation of a faux cable. The cable<br />

is constructed by casting on X stitches and then binding<br />

off those stitches mid-row. Repeating this process<br />

forms a ladder effect. The rungs of the ladder are then<br />

looped together in the same way one would pick up a<br />

dropped knit stitch. The final plait, braid, or cable is<br />

very effective and caused awe amongst many of<br />

West’s fans.<br />

Under the Sun Continued on page 27<br />


Under the sun Continued...<br />

© 2022 Liz Clothier Designs<br />

Like Zimmermann and Walker, West is lauded for<br />

being a design genius. However, I remember following a<br />

free Yarnspirations cushion cover design from 2015 using<br />

the same technique, only in crochet. In the video below<br />

the presenter acknowledges this is an old design/technique<br />

but doesn’t state the source.<br />

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q70L3tn2vSw&ab<br />

_channel=Yarnspirations<br />

To be clear, I’m not criticizing West’s work but far from<br />

it. His sense of style and eye for color is truly impressive.<br />

The knitting world is a better place because of him.<br />

I do wonder if modern knit and crochet designers are<br />

actually designers or whether they could be better described<br />

as “curators.” Can organizing existing stitch patterns<br />

and tweaking existing forms truly be called<br />

“designing?”<br />

A few years ago, a very popular knitting personality<br />

had a sock design with a toe construction she claimed to<br />

have invented. After buying the pattern, I could see the<br />

toe was simply an old technique with a different name.<br />

The intriguing “Distitch” and “Tristitch” knitting techniques<br />

described as new”and made popular by Assia Brill<br />

have been in existence for many centuries. Brill gave them<br />

a catchy name and made the technique more accessible<br />

to a wider audience, but she didn’t invent the process.<br />

https://assiabrill.com/2019/09/10/discover-distitch/<br />

To my knowledge, the only new technique that I’ve<br />

seen in knitting is Sockmatician’s double-brioche and triple-knitting.<br />

However, just because I haven’t seen these<br />

techniques before doesn’t mean they’re new. Readers<br />

may well be aware of other knitters doing much the same<br />

decades or centuries ago! In fairness, it could be argued<br />

that these methods are both variations or expansions of<br />

existing techniques.<br />

My own foray into the world of designing<br />

may not be as new or unique as I thought either.<br />

Before testing my theory I had never seen the<br />

Fibonacci Sequence used to shape a knitted<br />

dome anywhere. Someone, somewhere, probably<br />

beat me to it. Fibonacci himself certainly<br />

would have if he had been a knitter!<br />

© 2022 Yarnspirations<br />

We are all looking for those new, never-before-seen<br />

tricks and techniques, and new and<br />

unusual sweaters, hats, and socks. Unfortunately,<br />

unless humans grow extra limbs, or develop toes<br />

on our heels, it’s unlikely that any garment we<br />

knit or crochet will be truly original. And that’s<br />

OK.<br />

In 2018, a different designer added a fourth braid<br />

to the design and currently charges $2 for the pattern.<br />

https://seeloveshare.it/single-post/faux-cable-knit-crochet-pillow/<br />

In some dystopian future, a mutant quadruped will<br />

vaguely remember hearing of a long-dead bipedal<br />

relative making magic with sheep’s fleece and four<br />

sharpened rib bones and, eureka! Knitted footgloves<br />

will be invented!<br />


© AndreSueKnits<br />

SAM HILL<br />

by AndreSueKnits<br />


Measurements & Gauge:<br />

5.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.<br />

Yarn:<br />

One 100g skein of worsted weight wool yarn.<br />

Needles:<br />

US size 5 or size needed to get gauge.<br />

Note: Directions are given for 2 circular needles or<br />

one long magic loop needle. The gloves can also be<br />

knitted on DPNs by using 2 DPNs in place of the<br />

front needle and 2 DPNs in place of the back needle.<br />

Sizing:<br />

This pattern offers the following sizes and will refer to<br />

these sizes in the following order: small (medium,<br />

large.)<br />

The small size fits a 7” (circumference) hand, the<br />

medium fits an 8” hand, and the large fits a 9” hand.<br />

Abbreviations<br />

sm - slip marker from left needle to right needle<br />

pm - put marker on your right needle<br />

rm - remove marker from needle<br />

m1L - make one left (leaning.) An increase.<br />

m1R - make one right (leaning.) An increase.<br />

K - knit<br />

P - purl<br />

CO - cast on<br />

FN - front needle<br />

BN - back needle<br />

Pattern:<br />

CUFF<br />

Both Versions:<br />

Using circular needle CO 36 (40, 44) sts. Join for working<br />

in the round, being careful not to twist.<br />

Stockinette Version:<br />

Ribbing: Knit in rib (k1, p1) for 10 rounds.<br />

Wrist: Knit 17 rounds or to desired length of wrist.<br />

Ribbed Version:<br />

Wrist: Knit in rib (k2, p2) for 34 rounds or to desired<br />

length of wrist.<br />

Sam Hill Continued on next page<br />


Sam Hill Continued...<br />


Stockinette Version:<br />

Right Hand-<br />

Set up round: K1, pm, k1, pm, knit to end of round.<br />

Increase round: K1, sm, m1R, k until stitch marker, m1L,<br />

sm, knit to end of round.<br />

Even round: Knit all sts.<br />

Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There<br />

will be 13 (13, 15) sts between the stitch markers.<br />

K1, rm, move next 13 (13, 15) sts to waste yarn, rm, cast<br />

on 1 st, knit to end of round.<br />

Left Hand-<br />

Set up round: Knit until 2 sts remain in round, pm, k1,<br />

pm, k1.<br />

Increase round: Knit until stitch marker, sm, m1R, k until<br />

stitch marker, m1L, sm, k1.<br />

Even round: Knit all sts.<br />

Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There<br />

will be 13 (13, 15) sts between the stitch markers.<br />

Knit until marker, rm, move next 13 (13, 15) sts to waste<br />

yarn, rm, cast on 1 st, k1.<br />

Ribbed Version:<br />

Right Hand-<br />

Set Up Round: K1, pm, k1, pm, knit in established rib<br />

pattern to end of round.<br />

Increase Round: K1, sm, m1R, k until stitch marker, m1L,<br />

sm, knit in established rib pattern to end of round.<br />

Even round: Knit all sts in established pattern (knit the<br />

knit sts, purl the purl sts.)<br />

Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There<br />

will be 13 (13, 15) sts between the stitch markers.<br />

K1, rm, move next 13 (13, 15) sts to waste yarn, rm, cast<br />

on 1 st, knit in established rib pattern to end of round.<br />

left hand-<br />

Set up round: Knit in established rib pattern until 2 sts<br />

remain in round, pm, k1, pm, p1.<br />

Increase round: Knit in established rib pattern until stitch<br />

marker, sm, m1R, k until stitch marker, m1L, sm, p1.<br />

Even round: Knit all sts in established pattern (knit the<br />

knit sts, purl the purl sts.)<br />

Repeat the last 2 rounds a total of 6 (6, 7) times. There<br />

will be 13 (13, 15) sts between the stitch markers.<br />

Knit in established rib pattern to stitch marker, rm, move<br />

next 13 (13, 15) sts to waste yarn, rm, cast on 1 st, p1.<br />

PALM<br />

Stockinette Version:<br />

Knit 8 (10, 12) rounds.<br />

Ribbed Version:<br />

Knit in rib (K2, P2) for 7 (9, 11) rounds. Purl 1 round.<br />

Both Versions:<br />

It is helpful to envision the glove as intended for your<br />

right hand and the stitches on the palm-side of the hand<br />

are for the Front Needle (FN) and the stitches on the<br />

back-of-the-hand are for the Back Needle (BN).<br />


Knit all sts on front needle (FN) and k5 (5, 6) from back<br />

needle (BN), slip next 26 (30, 32) sts to waste yarn—13<br />

(15, 16) from each needle—CO 3 sts across gap.<br />

Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.<br />

Lengthen hand<br />

Pick up all sts from waste yarn. (26 (30, 32) total sts, 13<br />

(15, 16) sts per needle.)<br />

Beginning with BN and new yarn, knit across both<br />

needles, pick up and knit 3 sts from the base of pinkie<br />

finger (the previous cast on sts over gap.) Knit 1 more<br />

round.<br />

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Note: There will likely be holes beside the picked-up<br />

stitches on all fingers. These holes can be closed during<br />

finishing by using the yarn tail to sew them closed<br />

when weaving in ends. Alternatively, you can close the<br />

holes by picking up a stitch from the row below in the<br />

hole and knitting it together with a stitch beside the<br />

hole.<br />


On BN with working yarn, k4 (4, 5), move next 18 (22,<br />

22) sts to waste yarn—9 (11, 11) from each needle—CO<br />

3 sts, k7 (7, 8) remaining sts on FN. 14 (14, 16) sts total,<br />

7 (7, 8) per needle.<br />

Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.<br />


From waste yarn, pick up first 4 (5, 5) sts and last 4 (5,<br />

5) sts evenly on needles. Beginning with BN and new<br />

yarn, k4 (5, 5), CO 3, k4 (5, 5), pick up and knit 3 sts<br />

from Ring Finger (the previous cast on sts over<br />

gap.) 14 (16, 16) sts total, 7 (8, 8) per needle.<br />

Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.<br />


Pick up the 10 (12, 12) remaining sts from waste yarn<br />

evenly on needles. Beginning with BN and new yarn,<br />

knit across both needles, pick up and knit 3 sts from<br />

the base of middle finger (the previous cast on sts<br />

over gap.) 13 (13, 15) sts total—5 (6, 6) on BN and 8 (9,<br />

9) on FN.<br />

Knit 5 (6, 7) rounds. Bind off. Break yarn.<br />

THUMB<br />

Pick up the thumb sts from waste yarn evenly on<br />

needles. (13 (13, 15) sts.) With new yarn, knit across<br />

both needles, pick up and knit 1 st (the previous cast<br />

on st over gap.)<br />

Knit 3 (4, 5) rounds. Bind off.<br />


Weave in all ends and close any holes between<br />

fingers.<br />

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By Cézanne Pellett<br />

WHO KNITS!<br />

In 1983, a PBS station in Salt Lake City, Utah, started<br />

broadcasting episodes of the British sci-fi television<br />

series “Doctor Who” and nerds of the Mountain West<br />

rejoiced! As I was only five-years-old at the time, I can<br />

only barely remember a time when my older brothers<br />

and I weren’t glued to the TV screen whenever The<br />

Doctor and his companions were on it. You may<br />

wonder what this random bit of local sci-fi trivia has to<br />

do with crafting, but I promise, it does relate<br />

The main character of the show, The Doctor, was<br />

from another planet, and in addition to his ability to<br />

time travel using a ship disguised as a 1960s-era police<br />

call box, he was also able to “regenerate” into another<br />

body when his current one was damaged, while keeping<br />

all of his memories and remaining the same person<br />

inside. As of 2022, The Doctor has been played (officially)<br />

by 13 different actors, and one actress, since the<br />

show debuted in 1963. My oldest brother has always<br />

loved the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, best,<br />

and he was far from alone in this. This version of The<br />

Doctor was a tall, somewhat gangly man with a mop of<br />

dark, curly hair who almost always wore a long coat<br />

and a striped scarf which started out at 14 feet long but<br />

stretched significantly during his seven year run as The<br />

Doctor.<br />

The story behind The Fourth Doctor’s scarf is rumored<br />

to be that the costume designer wanted him to<br />

wear a scarf, but didn’t know much about knitting or<br />

yarn. So he had a large quantity of yarn delivered to a<br />

friend named Begonia Pope, with instructions to “make<br />

a scarf from it” but very little detail on what was expected.<br />

Mrs. Pope, being a prolific knitter, just kept<br />

right on knitting until she had used all the yarn and<br />

produced a scarf that was over 20 feet long. Due to<br />

safety concerns, the scarf was cut down to 14 feet before<br />

filming with it was started, and it had to be cut<br />

down a number of times in the next few years, due to<br />

the incredibly stretchy nature of garter stitch.<br />

My oldest brother shared the Fourth Doctor’s tall,<br />

lanky shape, and even shared his dark locks with the<br />

tendency to curl when they got long. He managed to<br />

acquire a long coat and a hat like those his favorite<br />

Doctor wore and for a while as a teen, he insisted on<br />

wearing them all the time, even though we lived in the<br />

desert where it was frequently over 100° in the summer<br />

and only very rarely cool enough to warrant a heavy<br />

coat. But the one thing he couldn’t manage to acquire<br />

was a 14 foot long knitted scarf.<br />

When I was 18, I got married and moved to California<br />

where my new husband was going to college. In<br />

those earlier days of the internet, it wasn’t always very<br />

easy to find things you were looking for, but it was<br />

sometimes easy to stumble over things you didn’t realize<br />

you were looking for. As my husband was majoring<br />

in computer science, I had access to the internet that<br />

many others in the mid-1990s didn’t. I don’t remember<br />

how I found that first grainy image that looked like it<br />

was a copy of a copy of a copy but across the top was<br />

clearly visible “BBC Enterprises - Knitting Pattern for<br />

The Doctor’s Scarf” followed by a list of colors and<br />

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some numbers. I had no idea how this list would help<br />

me create a scarf, but I was thrilled at the idea that I<br />

might be able to give my beloved brother the one<br />

thing that had topped his Christmas and birthday wish<br />

lists since he was about nine-years-old.<br />

Since I was living on a good-sized university campus,<br />

it was pretty easy to find classes on just about any<br />

topic one could desire, and after very little effort, I<br />

found a beginning knitting class. After finding and acquiring<br />

the yarn and needles specified in the class description<br />

and printing a copy of the scarf pattern, I<br />

headed to the first class with visions of a scarf by week’s<br />

end dancing in my head! When I showed the pattern to<br />

the teacher, she assured me that by the end of the class,<br />

I would know everything I needed to know to make the<br />

scarf, but asked if I was aware that it would be very long<br />

and would probably take me, as a brand-new knitter, an<br />

incredibly long time to finish. I assured her that I did<br />

know how long it would be<br />

and I intended to make it<br />

for my brother for Christmas<br />

that year. The class<br />

started in mid-October and<br />

at the time, I didn’t quite understand<br />

why my teacher<br />

was concerned about my<br />

timetable.<br />

To cut a long story short,<br />

I finished the class, and became<br />

even more hooked on<br />

knitting than I was on Doctor<br />

Who, and did give the<br />

scarf to my brother that<br />

Christmas…though it still<br />

had the needles in it because<br />

I was only about a<br />

quarter of the way finished<br />

with it. I finally finished the<br />

scarf in time for my<br />

brother’s birthday the following<br />

July. Even before<br />

any stretching occurred, it<br />

was closer to the original<br />

scarf’s 20 feet than my intended<br />

14 feet and was<br />

considerably wider than it<br />

should have been, as I<br />

didn’t have the best grasp<br />

of gauge at the time. I also<br />

didn’t have a very good<br />

technique for weaving in<br />

my ends yet, so there were<br />

little tails hanging out<br />

somewhere near each color<br />

change.<br />

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the BBC many, many years ago. As the recipient was a<br />

smallish woman who didn’t live at the South Pole, I decided<br />

to make a half-size version which came in at<br />

seven feet by seven inches, rather than going with the<br />

official one foot by 14 feet version. I still used acrylic,<br />

but rather than the random cheap, scratchy stuff I<br />

bought the first time around, this time I used Lion’s<br />

Heartland line. In addition to being easy care and extremely<br />

soft, this yarn also has a very pretty heathered<br />

look and a beautiful sheen that gave the end product a<br />

much more modern look than the decidedly “disco”<br />

original made in 1974. Even though this scarf was updated,<br />

the end result was still very obviously The Doctor’s<br />

Scarf to those in the know.<br />

It has been well over 25 years and my brother still<br />

has his scarf, though he doesn’t wear it much because<br />

he’s not a crazy teenager anymore and it really doesn’t<br />

get cold enough here to justify wearing a 22 foot by 18<br />

inch scarf, especially one made of cheap acrylic yarn.<br />

He won’t brook any discussion on getting rid of it, however,<br />

as it has been one of his most treasured possessions<br />

for over half his life.<br />

In recent years, I have joined a few online crafting<br />

groups and found that I am far from alone in my claim<br />

that I learned to knit specifically to be able to make<br />

“The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf.” Especially in groups that include<br />

a love of things like sci-fi or fantasy, I have found<br />

a number of people who have a very similar story to<br />

mine that led to their not only creating the scarf they or<br />

a loved one longed for but also to their own lifelong<br />

love of knitting.<br />

One group that I belong to centers on the Harry<br />

Potter universe and last winter, we did a holiday gift exchange.<br />

I was thrilled to see that the person I drew to<br />

give a gift to had a cheap, woven knock-off of the famous<br />

scarf on her wishlist. I knew I could do much<br />

better than the cheap, $10 mass-manufactured version<br />

on Amazon so I checked into yarns and started planning.<br />

As I have a much better understanding of gauge<br />

than I did all those years ago, as well as yarn type and<br />

quality, I did some research before deciding which yarn<br />

and pattern to use.<br />

There are many patterns for The Fourth Doctor’s<br />

Scarf available on the internet these days, but I still<br />

stuck pretty close to the original pattern published by<br />

After I finished the gift scarf (in time to give as a<br />

completed item at Christmas, rather than six months<br />

later!) I decided I wanted one of my own. Since I am a<br />

very tall, broad-shouldered woman, I made myself a ¾-<br />

sized version which was nine inches wide and came in<br />

around 10 feet, including the tassels. I haven’t worn it<br />

much yet as I still live in the desert, but I do have to<br />

make sure I keep an eye on it as my brother is always<br />

eyeing it rather covetously. I may just have to make him<br />

another one for Christmas this year…or maybe for his<br />

next birthday instead.<br />

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FOURTH<br />

DOCTOR<br />


Measurements & Gauge:<br />

17 sts x 27 rows = 4” x4”<br />

○ Full Size - 14” x 128” (without tassels)<br />

○ ¾ Size - 7” x 96” (without tassels)<br />

○ Half Size - 7” x 64” (without tassels)<br />

Yarn:<br />

Lion Brand Heartland Yarn (100% Premium Acrylic 5<br />

oz/142 g 251 yd/230 m) ¾ Length yarn total without tassels<br />

498 yds - Total with tassels 556 yds (all totals below<br />

are for 7” wide ¾ length scarf)<br />

Purple - Kobuk Valley<br />

Total Without Tassels 46 yds - with tassels 53 yds<br />

Camel - Grand Canyon<br />

Total without tassels 124 yds - with tassels 136 yds<br />

Bronze - Mammoth Cave<br />

Total without tassels 54 yds - with tassels 62 yds<br />

Mustard - Canyonlands<br />

Total without tassels 52 yds - with tassels 60 yds<br />

Rust - Yosemite<br />

Total without tassels 82 yds - with tassels 90 yds<br />

Grey - Great Smoky Mountains<br />

Total without tassels 51 yds - with tassels 59 yds<br />

Green - Rocky Mountains<br />

Total without tassels 89 yds - with tassels 96 yds<br />

Needles:<br />

US Size 9 (5.5 mm) needles<br />

by Cézanne Pellett<br />

Pattern:<br />

CO 60 (30) sts. Knit every stitch, knitting the number of<br />

rows listed for each color.<br />

Notes:<br />

I did both the half and ¾-length scarves at half the<br />

width of the original pattern (7”). You can do it any width<br />

you want, but know that your yarn totals will be different.<br />

For best results, slip the first or last stitch of each row.<br />

To join each new color, knit the first stitch on the row with<br />

the old color. Tie the new yarn to the old one with a<br />

square knot that is loose enough to untie later and leave<br />

6” ends of each color.<br />


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Fiction<br />

By Maria D Prokop<br />

Going Home<br />

The little dog held something in its tiny jaws, clutching it tightly and growling at me. The early<br />

evening sky hindered my vision. I couldn’t see the object clearly. The dog had a bad reputation for<br />

burying toys in the garden and uprooting the vegetables, so I followed him.<br />

“Toto! Release!” I demanded, attempting to sound more like the Wicked Witch than Dorothy. Ignoring<br />

me, he ran past the vegetable garden and down the dirt path between the cornfields.<br />

I stood on the edge of the field, by the southern property line of the farm where I had grown up.<br />

The diminutive dog growled at me, turned, and ran off.<br />

“Aw, come on, silly boy. What’s wrong with you?” Pop’s dog had been acting off-kilter ever since<br />

I arrived back home. Grumbling, I tracked the Yorkie’s small paw prints on the dirt trail through the<br />

shadowy cornfields.<br />

Dusk had started to fall. I caught glimpses of Toto whipping in and out of the dry cornstalks. If<br />

he hadn’t been my father’s oldest and most faithful companion, I wouldn’t have bothered.<br />

Pop had two settings, gentle and high-heat. A beacon of patience until pushed too far, the<br />

former boxing champ inside my mild-mannered father could emerge without warning. I feared facing<br />

the fighter inside if I lost Pop’s dog.<br />

When first I arrived at my father’s doorstep two days ago, Pop didn’t ask any questions. Never loquacious,<br />

this time his silence echoed the emptiness in my soul. I had failed—at life, at love, at everything—and<br />

had decided to leave the city and return to my childhood home, where I had felt safest.<br />

Eventually, words began to drop out of Pop’s mouth, such as, “Morning,” and “G’night.”<br />

“Toto! Come back! Bad boy!”<br />

I wished the sun would pause from setting for a few extra minutes.<br />

“Please help me find Pop’s dog,” I whispered to any entity willing to take on the challenge, even<br />

though the thought of a higher power actually heeding my cries, after years of screaming at the<br />

loud silence above, stirred up a wave of anger inside me.<br />

“Yap! Yap-yap-yap!” “Ah-ha! Found you!”<br />

Grudgingly, I tipped my head to the gracious—or bored—entity and approached the dog.<br />

He dropped the object he’d been carrying in his jaws, but stepped over it, guarding it with his<br />

petite, furry body. When I walked in his direction, he growled as fiercely as he could and leaned<br />

back on his hind legs in an instinctual attack mode, ready to spring from the ground into his opponent’s<br />

face. Into my face.<br />

“Hey, it’s me. I know it’s been a while since I’ve been home, but you like me, you silly dog! Now,<br />

move!” He growled louder at me as if I were a stranger, an enemy, or a threat.<br />


Fiction<br />

By Maria D Prokop<br />

Of course Pop’s dog didn’t connect with me anymore. I’d changed.<br />

I left home three years ago. Technically, I ran away. Mom had been sent to another kind of farm—<br />

the funny farm—and I rebelled. My high school sweetheart, George, convinced me to get hitched.<br />

We drove two hours to get to the courthouse in the capital city of<br />

Harrisburg. Then we stayed in the city. George never let me go home. He barely let me leave the<br />

apartment.<br />

This year he fell in love with whiskey, thankfully offering my face short reprises from his fist when<br />

he would eventually pass out. Two days ago, while George was out cold, I decided to finally go<br />

home.<br />

“Yap-yap-yap-yap!”<br />

I suddenly realized where the dog had taken me. I stood in the woods behind the old dairy<br />

farm, in a Revolutionary War era graveyard with five crumbling stones circled by warped oak trees.<br />

Three of the gravestones belonged to children, their names barely legible after so many years of<br />

weathering and decay. An important looking historic marker described the place for tourists, but<br />

only a few kooky, grave-seeker weirdos ever visited this old site.<br />

“Yap-yappity-yap-yap-yap!”<br />

“Hey, you’re going to disturb the Creech family. Their ghosts will haunt you to death!”<br />

Haunt you to death? What are you talking about?<br />

Good grief—you’re talking to yourself in the third person—you’re<br />

insane. Yes, you are!<br />

“Yappity-yap!” the dog retorted. Quick as a ghost, I grasped the little bugger and held him tight.<br />

But he squirmed out of my hands, whimpering in fear. He bolted away from me out of the graveyard<br />

and back through the cornfields. Now I could finally see what he had been guarding.<br />

“No—it can’t be.”<br />

I leaned in to examine the object closer.<br />

“Damn!”<br />

In the thin grass was a human hand, slightly decomposed, with bluish flesh and dirty fingernails.<br />

The fingers were longer than my own, and one wore a gold band.<br />

Twisting the cheap band on my own left ring finger, I stumbled backward and landed on my<br />

rear. The recent frost should have meant a hard landing, but the ground under my bum actually<br />

cushioned my fall. I reached back to push my body up, my hand clutching the cold loose soil<br />

below. I rose, turned, and stared at a mound of dirt the length of a bicycle.<br />

Maybe someone had prepped the ground to plant a bush or shrub. “Fall is the perfect time for<br />

planting!” a billboard had proclaimed on my drive through town. But surely it was too late to plant<br />

anything now. Pop had baled hay today and at breakfast, I had seen his thermals sticking out from<br />

under his flannel shirt.<br />

Images of the recent frost, a severed hand, and the loose mound of dirt in the graveyard jumbled<br />

around in my mind and I panicked. There was no other explanation—the tilled earth was a shallow<br />

grave. I took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, heartbeats throbbing in my ear.<br />


Fiction<br />

By Maria D Prokop<br />

***<br />

The first time I ever felt this kind of paralyzing fear was at Girl Scout Camp when I first<br />

heard the gruesome tale of the Creech family graveyard.<br />

Our scout leader, wearing no make-up and crowned with pink sponge curlers, had animatedly<br />

explained to the troop what happened many, many long years ago: “Don’t believe<br />

what the history books tell you. That family didn’t die from smallpox - they were murdered!<br />

Some say they were slaughtered by Native American spirits seeking revenge on the bullying<br />

colonists who took their land and abused it. The spirits possessed a local Indian tribe. The Indians<br />

claimed they had no memory of the incident, but an ax with their tribe’s ceremonial<br />

feathers was found at the scene - just like this one!”<br />

At that point in the story, the scout leader waved a decorative ax at the girls sitting around<br />

the bonfire. Feathers flew as we ran screaming to our tents.<br />

***<br />

That hand looks like it was cut off with an ax.<br />

How would you know that?<br />

I don’t know. Shouldn’t you call the police?<br />

No! If the Indian spirits did it, they could come after me next.<br />

You’re insane.<br />

Maybe.<br />

Dusk fell. The sky turned indigo blue. I stared at the long pillow of brown soil. I couldn’t resist<br />

the urge to discover the truth for myself. With a slate rock, I found close by, I began clearing<br />

away the mound of dirt. The midnight-blue sky would turn black in minutes. I hurried like<br />

a woman possessed, striving to discover the identity of the person in the shallow grave.<br />

I hit something soft. Cornflower blue fabric peeked through the dark earth. It was a woven<br />

blanket. Pealing the blanket up with my hands revealed a white shirt—cotton, ribbed. A wifebeater,<br />

it was called, like George wore. Like George was.<br />

The next steps were inevitable. Fear gripped me, but the urge to know was stronger than<br />

the fear. I dug more tenaciously. On the arm of the body, I found a tattoo of an eagle—like<br />

George’s. Around the neck hung a gold chain—like George’s. Then—a thin face—George!<br />

***<br />

I remember the first time George met Pops, a year after the courthouse ceremony.<br />

George, a lightweight, stuttered as he attempted to compliment Pop on his row of bronze<br />

heavyweight boxing trophies decorating the fireplace mantel.<br />

“H-how many years did you get in the ring?” George asked.<br />

“What makes you think I ever left?” Pop answered.<br />

George hated the farm, he also hated my father. The feeling was mutual. Pop never said a<br />

word, but his eyes had narrowed at me at breakfast when the sun burst through the window<br />

and blasted a bright spotlight on the shiner over my left eye.<br />

***<br />


Fiction<br />

By Maria D Prokop<br />

Confused and desperate, I sprinted through the darkness.<br />

Did spirits take it upon themselves to murder George on my behalf? Or had a bored entity<br />

answered my prayers? Who cut off the hand that had struck me so many times?<br />

A light shone in the barn. Pop was probably finishing up for the night, having a smoke. Toto<br />

had retreated there already and he yapped at me viciously as I rounded the corner and faced<br />

my father.<br />

“Pop! Is it you?”<br />

“Who else would it be?” he replied.<br />

“You’re not going to believe this, Pop. T-there’s a body in the graveyard!” The thick muscles<br />

in his neck tightened. “That’s what graveyards are for.”<br />

“No, Pop, you don’t understand. It’s George! He’s dead! I found his body buried in the old<br />

Creech family graveyard.”<br />

Pop looked at me, his weathered face devoid of expression. It was as if I had just told him<br />

the sun was yellow.<br />

“Pop, someone killed George and buried him in a shallow grave. Don’t you understand?I<br />

need to call the cops!”<br />

Pop looked away from me and hung up his work gloves on the pegboard by the door, right<br />

beside his firewood ax. Clumps of dry dirt stuck to the handle.<br />

“No, no you don’t.”<br />

I gasped in realization.<br />

“You—you— No! Not you . . .“<br />

Pop’s face faded as I collapsed onto the barn floor.<br />

***<br />

I awoke to the sound of barking. Memories of the day I left Harrisburg, memories my mind<br />

had buried returned slowly and the horrible truth became clear as pictures from that day slowly<br />

developed in my mind.<br />

George passed out on the bed. My hands holding down a white pillow. A thin body<br />

wrapped in a blue blanket. The rusty gate of the truck. The sign for the Susquehanna River.<br />

Pop’s ax and shovel hanging in the empty barn. The lumpy blanket lying in a graveyard. A tattooed<br />

arm. Toto, the frosty ground, a shovel, an ax, and a severed hand. My old room. Dirty feminine<br />

hands. Pop holding a wet, knitted washcloth. Toto at the door.<br />

The officer clasped handcuffs around my wrists. Pop held his dog tight as I was led out of the<br />

room. The policeman guided me through the farmhouse. As we passed the fireplace mantel, I<br />

noticed a heavy layer of dust on Pop’s trophies. Before they put me in the police cruiser, I<br />

looked back.<br />

Pop’s muscular body crumbled onto the floor like a defeated champion alone in the ring<br />

after a fight, his head bowed and his shoulders slumped.<br />

I won’t be going home again for a long, long time.<br />


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