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3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375<strong>10</strong>58209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679<br />

ISSUE <strong>10</strong><br />



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Editor<br />

Neil of Uknitted Kingdom<br />

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Cover Photography<br />

@handmadebym.e.43<br />

Contributors:<br />

Annie of A Stitch in the Sky<br />

D. Marie Prokop<br />

Little Sis from @Twosistersandsomeyarn<br />

M. Dreary<br />

Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Patterns:<br />

Cézanne Pellet<br />

Patricia Taylor<br />

Tabitha of Murder Knits<br />

Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Proofers:<br />

Laura Neubauer<br />

Cézanne Pellett<br />

Denise Pettus<br />

Design and layouts:<br />

BS Studio

Dear Readers,<br />

It’s been a while!<br />

When one of our contributors had to take time away to recover from an operation I decided to<br />

take it as an opportunity for the whole team to take a couple of months off. Yes, I said team! Although<br />

many of our detractors assume I am a lone wolf, in my bear cave, writing poison-pen articles no one<br />

reads (I love a mixed metaphor, don’t you?), it is far from the case.<br />

Blocked has a team of unpaid, mostly unsung, writers, designers, proofers, and graphic designers,<br />

who may, or may not, work on every issue, but they are all valued and intrinsic to the success of<br />

Blocked.<br />

So, it is with sadness and gratitude that I have to announce The Laziest Knitter’s departure. Before<br />

rumours spread, Lazy and I have not fallen out, argued, or had creative differences. Far from it. Lazy<br />

just feels she has said all she had to say on knitting. At least for the foreseeable future. She may return,<br />

she might not. It’s entirely her choice and the door will always say WELCOME. Thank you Lazy for all<br />

your help, you have no idea how much you are appreciated.<br />

Speaking of team members, Blocked is always looking for contributors. Please send your articles,<br />

patterns, artwork, etc, to: <strong>blocked</strong>magazine@gmail.com or <strong>blocked</strong>magazine@gmx.com<br />

For this issue we have the theme of “Numbers.” Not all the pieces here within will necessarily relate<br />

to the theme. It’s just a guide to help with inspiration.<br />

Over the weekend I asked Annie (a British knitter I met online and now know in real life) what she<br />

thought about when asked about knitting and numbers. Her response is on page 26. As Annie<br />

implies, pretty much everything in knitting and crochet relates to numbers. I’m currently obsessed with<br />

the fact we have reached double figures! Issue <strong>10</strong>. Who would have thought?<br />

As we approach our two year anniversary (Jan. 30, 2024) what themes/features would you like to<br />

see ongoing in Blocked? Are you able to help us create it? Let us know.<br />

Future issues will include the following themes:<br />

● Windmills of the mind (Oct/Nov)<br />

● Under the Ivy (Nov/Dec)<br />

● Murder Mystery (Dec/Jan)<br />

Themes can be interpreted as literally or figuratively as you like.<br />

Due to the impromptu break, the dates might vary.<br />

We’re including a new feature in this issue. Old newspaper articles related to knitting. The research<br />

for this has been fascinating. So much has changed, yet some things still remain the same. This issue<br />

focuses on a 1930s knitting grift. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?<br />

If you remember from issue one, I have been trying to find the copyright holders of a particular set<br />

of vintage patterns. There has been a development in regards to this and I will be revealing all in<br />

January. Let’s just say there may be some vintage patterns appearing in the near future.<br />

Anyway, you’ve waited long enough, please enjoy issue <strong>10</strong>!<br />

Yours faithfully,<br />

Neil<br />


Almost <strong>10</strong>0 years ago the knitting grifts were alive and well. In 1935 many readers wrote to Sir<br />

Wyndham Childs at the newspaper "John Bull" about a scammer targeting poor people trying to<br />

make a little extra money working at home. Unfortunately, they learned the hard way to choose<br />

carefully who to give money to, and it would do us all good to remember this lesson today.<br />

KNIT... KNIT... KNIT...<br />

From all parts of the country letters<br />

of complaints are being made concerning<br />

a firm which goes by the<br />

name Wool Purchases (Birmingham),<br />

Ltd, and has registered offices at<br />

199A Broad Street, Birmingham.<br />

It is clear from the statements before<br />

me that this company is carrying<br />

on an extensive trade. Yet it’s<br />

methods are entirely discreditable,<br />

and inevitably lead to the victimization<br />

of honest, and trusting poor<br />

people.<br />

Therefore I propose to reveal the<br />

truth about Wool Purchases (Birmingham,<br />

Ltd.) and the person who is<br />

prime mover in the concern.<br />

Advertisements are inserted by the<br />

company at regular intervals in a<br />

widely spread chain of local newspapers<br />

to this effect: “Persons<br />

wanted to knit and crochet ladies’<br />

and children’s garments – Wool Purchases,<br />

Ltd., 199A Broad Street, Birmingham.”<br />

Applicants to that advertisement<br />

receive a circular letter in the following<br />

terms:<br />

“We beg to state that we require<br />

babies and children’s knitted and<br />

crochet garments all the year round,<br />

payment for same being made according<br />

to work done and material<br />

used.”<br />

Attractive prices<br />

There follows then a list of<br />

the prices paid for various<br />

goods, which are quite attractive<br />

in their remuneration<br />

on face value, and the<br />

circular continues:<br />

“If you care to give the<br />

work a trial, on receipt of<br />

five shillings deposit we will<br />

send materials and instructions.<br />

This amount is refunded<br />

at any time you wish<br />

to discontinue the work, providing<br />

of course, that all materials,<br />

etc, have been<br />

returned and the work has<br />

been satisfactory.”<br />

It looks quite a simple and<br />

fair proposition; a means to<br />

secure extra money for<br />

household expenses by<br />

spare-time work. Actually it<br />

is just a bait to draw deposits<br />

from the unwary.<br />

For I find in large number<br />

of instances the promises<br />

made by Wool Purchases<br />

(Birmingham), Ltd., are quite worthless.<br />

Repeatedly the company – on some<br />

excuse or another – Refuses to pay<br />

it’s customers for work done. Neither<br />

are the deposits returned. In effect,<br />

what happens is that the company<br />

secures a varied stock of knitted<br />

garments for nothing.<br />

To show the manner in which the<br />

company operates I cannot do better<br />

than quote from a particularly pathetic<br />

letter which comes from a<br />

young married woman in South<br />

London:<br />

The Western Morning News and Daily Gazette.<br />

Monday, January 1, 1934<br />


Knit... Knit... Knit... Continued...<br />

“My husband has been out of work<br />

for a long time, and I have only lately<br />

returned home from hospital after<br />

having an abdominal operation,<br />

which has prevented me going out to<br />

work. We came across an advertisement<br />

for hand knitters for a firm in<br />

Birmingham, and we both thought<br />

that I could sit quietly at home and<br />

bring in a few shillings. So I wrote<br />

for particulars....”<br />

With a great deal of difficulty this<br />

correspondent of mine scraped together<br />

the five shillings demanded<br />

by Wool Purchases (Birmingham),<br />

Ltd. as deposit, and then received a<br />

parcel of wool and instructions to<br />

knit three bathing suits.<br />

This she did “I made tham as directed,”<br />

she states, “Sent them back<br />

and asked that I might have the<br />

money for them as we were badly in<br />

need of it. Incidentally, I might add<br />

that there was no price for bathing<br />

suits on the price list sent to me.<br />

“After a three weeks’ wait I received<br />

some rabbit wool for a jumper<br />

and a letter to say the bathing suits<br />

were satisfactory, but not a word<br />

about payment. Of course, I immediately<br />

wrote back reminding them of<br />

the money, whereupon I received<br />

another letter saying it was their custom<br />

to pay after receiving the second<br />

parcel.”<br />

So the jumper was knitted and despatched<br />

to Birmingham. Still no payment,<br />

only a letter declaring that the<br />

jumper had been soiled in the making<br />

and therefore useless. Finally this<br />

woman, who had worked so patiently<br />

and hopefully for Wool Purchases,<br />

Birmingham, Ltd. had this<br />

communication:<br />

“Dear Madam,<br />

“You can be perfectly sure the<br />

jumper is as we state. We are not stupid<br />

enough to make statements we<br />

cannot substantiate. There are five<br />

ounces of rabbit wool in it at 3s:<br />

Wool 16s 6d.<br />

Postages 1s. 0d.<br />

___________________<br />

17s. 6d.<br />

“We have your 5s. deposit, and<br />

owe you net price too three bathing<br />

suits, 3s. 9d. If you would like the<br />

jumper returned, please remit 8s 9d.<br />

difference.”<br />

And that is the last the woman has<br />

heard from the company.<br />

I say that she has been defrauded<br />

out of her time and her money by<br />

this form of roguery. Her case is only<br />

typical. On one pretext or another,<br />

Wool Purchases (Birmingham) systematically<br />

withholds payments for<br />

work done.<br />

Enquiries made by a member of<br />

my staff show that similar complaints<br />

have arisen in scores of towns<br />

throughout the country. I have information<br />

of no fewer than 270 such<br />

complaints within a comparatively<br />

short period.<br />

Without question, the business carried<br />

on by Wool Purchases (Birmingham)<br />

Ltd., is a disgraceful imposition<br />

on the public.<br />

From the records at Somerset<br />

House, I notice that this private company<br />

was floated in 1932 and has a<br />

paid-up capital of £30 exactly.<br />

There are three women directors,<br />

who between them own the thirty<br />

paid-up shares, but the real management<br />

is in the hands of a Mrs. E. Gillan.<br />

She is an undischarged,<br />

bankrupt, and therefore cannot act as<br />

a director. Her daughter, however is<br />

one of the directors.<br />

Victims poor<br />

The “registered office” of the company<br />

is just a single room, which is<br />

used simply for the receipt of letters<br />

and is normally unoccupied.<br />

Mrs. Gillan may be discovered at a<br />

retail shop in Broad Street, Birmingham,<br />

where the goods made by her<br />

home-knitters are displayed for sale.<br />

Formerly this Mrs. Gillan worked<br />

from addresses in Glasgow and West<br />

Bromwich, and complaints centered<br />

about her activities both places.<br />

When in Scotland several years<br />

ago, and later, after she moved to<br />

headquarters at Hill Top, West Bromwich<br />

she was specialising in the<br />

same kind of offer to home workers.<br />

In those days she displayed–as she<br />

does now–remarkable ingenuity in<br />

making excuses to escape paying her<br />

dupes.<br />

Consistently she evades her responsibilities.<br />

She is a person with<br />

whom it is inadvisable to have any<br />

kind of dealings.<br />

It is to be hoped that this exposure<br />

will make it impossible for her to<br />

carry on her mischievous and dishonest<br />

business.<br />

Her victims are innumerable and<br />

they are all nearly all working-class<br />

people, who have sent money they<br />

can ill afford in the expectation of<br />

some small recompense for home industry.<br />

Evening Despatch. Friday, 13 December, 1935<br />


6<br />

CANDY<br />

CORN RAT<br />

By Cézanne Pellett<br />


Worsted weight acrylic. Yarn used in pictured rats is Big Twist Value<br />

(<strong>10</strong>0% Acrylic 6 oz/170 g 380 yd/347 m)<br />

• Small - White approx. 6 yds<br />

- Varsity Orange approx. 7 yds<br />

- Varsity Yellow approx. 11 yds<br />

• Large - White approx. 15 yds<br />

- Varsity Orange approx. 24 yds<br />

- Varsity Yellow approx. 27 yds<br />


• US Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles<br />

EXTRAS<br />

• Poly-Fil<br />

• 12 mm round black safety eyes for large rat, 8 mm round black safety eyes for<br />

small rat. (NOTE: Do not use safety eyes if toy will go to a child under 3) OR small<br />

amount black yarn.<br />

• 12” Pipe Cleaner for posable tail (optional – NOTE: Do not use if toy will be going<br />

to a small child as it may poke through stitches.)<br />

GAUGE<br />

NOTE: gauge is not vital to this project, just make sure you use a small enough needle<br />

for your chosen yarn to get a good, dense fabric so the stuffing doesn’t show through<br />

the stitches. Changing yarn or needle size will change the size of the <strong>final</strong> product.<br />

• 20 sts x 34 rounds = 4”x4”<br />


• Small - Length (nose to rump) 5”<br />

- Tail length 4-5”<br />

- Circumference (at widest point) 6 1 ⁄2”<br />

• Large - Length nose-to-rump 9 1 ⁄2”<br />

- Tail length 8-9”<br />

- Circumference (at widest point) 12”<br />

Continued on next page...

Candy Corn Rat...Continued<br />


Small Rat Pattern<br />

With orange cast on 3 stitches. Work a 3-stitch I-cord for<br />

2 rounds then switch to white yarn.<br />

Round 3: *M1, K1* (6 sts)<br />

Round 4: Knit<br />

Round 5: *K1, M1, K1* (9 sts)<br />

Round 6: Knit<br />

Round 7: *K1, M1, K2* (12 sts)<br />

Rounds 8-<strong>10</strong>: Knit<br />

Round 11: *K1, M1, K3* (15 sts)<br />

Rounds 12-14: Knit<br />

Round 15: *K1, M1, K4* (18 sts)<br />

Rounds 16-18: Knit<br />

Change to orange yarn.<br />

Round 19: *K1, M1, K5* (21 sts)<br />

Round 20: Sl1, k20<br />

Rounds 21-22: Knit<br />

Round 23: *K1, M1, K6* (24 sts)<br />

Rounds 24-26: Knit<br />

Round 27: *K1, M1, K7* (27 sts)<br />

Rounds 28-30: Knit<br />

Change to Yellow yarn.<br />

Round 31: *K1, M1, K8* (30 sts)<br />

Round 32: Sl1, k29<br />

Rounds 33-34: Knit<br />

Round 35: *K1, M1, K9* (33 sts)<br />

Rounds 36-38: Knit<br />

Insert safety eyes or embroider eyes onto front half of<br />

stitches, weave in ends, and attach ears at this point.<br />

Row 1: Purl all<br />

Row 2: Knit all<br />

Row 3: Purl all<br />

Row 4: K1, s2kp, k1 (3 sts)<br />

Row 5: Purl all<br />

Row 6: S2kp (1 st)<br />

Cut yarn and draw end through side of ear then move<br />

to inside and weave in. Repeat on other side.<br />

Body Decreases:<br />

Round 1: *K1, K2tog, K8* (30 sts)<br />

Round 2: Knit<br />

Round 3: *K1, K2tog, K2* (24 sts)<br />

Round 4: Knit<br />

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, K1* (18 sts)<br />

Round 6: K2tog 3X, K6, K2tog 3X (12 sts)<br />

Round 7: *K2tog* (6 sts)<br />

Round 8: *K2tog* (3 sts)<br />

Tail:<br />

Transfer 3 remaining stitches to one DPN and work 3<br />

stitch I-cord until tail measures 4-5”, or as long as desired,<br />

then cut and draw end through sts and weave in<br />

end.<br />

Yarn Eyes:<br />

Using black yarn, duplicate stitch eyes at line of white<br />

and orange according to the Small Eyes Chart.<br />

Safety Eyes:<br />

Place safety eyes on the far left and right sides of front<br />

half of work, on the line between white and orange sections.<br />

Ears:<br />

Hold work so nose of rat is facing you. On the last orange<br />

round, directly back from eye and one stitch to<br />

the right, PU 5 sts through the right leg of each stitch.<br />


Candy Corn Rat...Continued<br />


Large Rat Pattern<br />

With orange cast on 3 stitches. Work a 3-stitch I-cord for<br />

2 rounds then switch to white yarn.<br />

Round 3: *M1, k1* (6 sts)<br />

Round 4: Knit<br />

Round 5: *M1, k1* (12 sts)<br />

Round 6: Knit<br />

Round 7: *K1, M1, K2* (16 sts)<br />

Rounds 8-12: Knit<br />

Round 13: *K1, M1, K3* (20 sts)<br />

Round 14-18: Knit<br />

Round 19: *K1, M1, K4* (24 sts)<br />

Rounds 20-24: Knit<br />

Round 25: *K1, M1, K5* (28 sts)<br />

Rounds 26-30: Knit<br />

Round 31: *K1, M1, K6* (32 sts)<br />

Round 32: Knit<br />

Change to orange yarn.<br />

Round 33: Knit<br />

Round 34: Sl1, k31<br />

Rounds 35-36: Knit<br />

Round 37: *K1, M1, K7* (36 sts)<br />

Rounds 38-42: Knit<br />

Round 43: *K1, M1, K8* (40 sts)<br />

Rounds 44-48: Knit<br />

Round 49: *K1, M1, K9* (44 sts)<br />

Rounds 50-54: Knit<br />

Round 55: *K1, M1, K<strong>10</strong>* (48 sts)<br />

Rounds 56-60: Knit<br />

Switch to yellow yarn.<br />

Round 61: *K1, M1, K11* (52 sts)<br />

Round 62: Sl1, k51<br />

Round 63-66: Knit<br />

Round 67: *K1, M1, K12* (56 sts)<br />

Rounds 68-72: Knit<br />

Insert safety eyes or embroider eyes onto front half of<br />

stitches, weave in ends, stuff nose, and attach ears at<br />

this point.<br />

Yarn Eyes:<br />

Using black yarn, duplicate stitch eyes at line of white<br />

and orange according to the Small Eyes Chart.<br />

Safety Eyes:<br />

Place safety eyes on the far left and right sides of front<br />

half of work, on the line between white and orange sections.<br />

Ears:<br />

Hold work so nose of rat is facing you. Count 15 rounds<br />

back from center of eye and right 4 sts then PU 7 sts<br />

through the right leg of each stitch.<br />

Row 1: Purl all<br />

Row 2: Knit all<br />

Row 3: Purl all<br />

Row 4: K2, s2kp, k2 (5 sts)<br />

Row 5: Purl<br />

Row 6: K1, s2kp, k1 (3 sts)<br />

Row 7: Purl<br />

Row 8: S2kp (1 st)<br />

Cut yarn and draw end down side of ear then move to<br />

inside of work and weave in. Repeat on other side.<br />

Body Decreases:<br />

Round 1: *K1, K2tog, K4* (48 sts)<br />

Round 2: Knit<br />

Round 3: *K1, K2tog, K3* (40 sts)<br />

Round 4: Knit<br />

Round 5: *K1, K2tog, K2* (32 sts)<br />

Round 6: Knit<br />

Round 7: *K1, K2tog, K1* (24 sts)<br />

Round 8: Knit<br />

Stuff remaining body.<br />

Round 9: K2tog 4X, K8, K2tog 4X (16 sts)<br />

Round <strong>10</strong>: Knit<br />

Round 11: *K2tog* (8 sts)<br />

Insert pipe cleaner (if using) into stuffing of back part of<br />

body and wrap yarn around with each round.<br />

Round 12: *K2tog* (4 sts)<br />

Tail:<br />

Transfer 4 remaining stitches to one DPN and work 4<br />

stitch I-cord for 7-8”, or as long as desired. If using pipe<br />

cleaner, hold against stitches and draw yarn around at<br />

beginning of each I-cord round. Cut yarn and draw end<br />

through sts and weave in end.<br />



The Mid-Ulster Mail. Saturday. January 11. 1930<br />

The Musical Committee of the<br />

Royal Dublin Society have decided<br />

that in future the ladies who are<br />

seen knitting at the Recitals will be<br />

asked to stop or leave the hall, as<br />

the pleasure of music lovers is<br />

ruined by the irritant click of knitting<br />

needles and winding of wool.<br />

This so-called objectionable habit<br />

would be counted a virtue in<br />

Derry Workhouse where, the<br />

master says only one woman can<br />

knit, and she gets no time to knit<br />

for she is kept so busy darning.<br />

Why not instal a knitting-machine?<br />

Some of the non-knitters<br />

might be induced to manipulate it.<br />

But then Derry Workhouse is<br />

rather primitive. It was explained<br />

to the Board that before Christmas<br />

the inmates preferred to eat meat<br />

off the wooden table without<br />

plates, knives or forks. The<br />

wonder is they bother wearing<br />

socks or necessitated the Master to<br />

apply for six dozen pairs!! No<br />

mention is made of stockings but it<br />

is possible that even inside a workhouse<br />

the lady inmates would decline<br />

to wear the hand-knitted<br />

variety. Indeed it was<br />

reported that in an institution not<br />

far away, the women's dresses<br />

were tucked so as to leave the<br />

skirts the fashionable length.<br />

The National Union of English<br />

Teachers, at their last meeting in<br />

Canterbury, advocated the teaching<br />

of cooking and needlework to<br />

boys and light wood-work to girls,<br />

so knitting may not be altogether a<br />

lost art.<br />

If you enjoyed the vintage<br />

knitting articles on pages 4 and 9,<br />

please let us know and we’ll<br />

publish more.<br />


DISHIDENT #12<br />

by UKnitted Kingdom<br />


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

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

The instructions might uncover an image; a<br />

design, or a word/message.<br />

When using cotton these secret squares make<br />

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

square in wool or acrylic they can be seamed<br />

together at the end of the year to make a small<br />

Afghan or lap blanket.<br />


• 1/1 RC: 1/1 Right Cross - On RS: Slip 1 st to cn and<br />

hold in back, k1, k1 from cn. On WS: Slip 1 st to cn and<br />

hold in back, p1, p1 from cn.<br />

• 1/1 LC: 1/1 Left Cross - On RS: Slip 1 st to cn and hold<br />

in front, k1, k1 from cn. On WS: Slip 1 st to cn and hold<br />

in front, p1, p1 from cn.<br />

• 1/1 LPC: 1/1 Left Purl Cross - On RS and WS: Slip 1 st<br />

to cn and hold in front, p1, k1 from cn.<br />

• 1/1 RPC: 1/1 Right Purl Cross - On RS and WS: Slip 1 st<br />

to cn and hold in back, k1, p1 from cn.<br />

• 1-to-3 inc: Increase 1 to 3 – On RS: k1, yo, k1 into same<br />

stitch. On WS: p1, yo, p1 into same stitch. (see YouTube<br />

tutorial)<br />

• cdd: Centered double decrease – Sl1, k2tog, pass<br />

slipped st over k2tog.<br />

• cn: Cable needle<br />

• dec 5-to-1: Decrease 5 to 1 - Pass 2 stiches from left<br />

needle to right needle as if to k2tog, slip the next stitch<br />

to right needle and pass 2 slipped stitches over the<br />

third stitch. Slip remaining stitch back to the left needle<br />

and slip next 2 stitches on left needle over it, then knit<br />

the stitch. (see YouTube tutorial)<br />

• k1tbl: Knit 1 through back loop.<br />

• m1: Make 1<br />

• p1tbl: Purl 1 through back loop.<br />


Each dishident uses approximately<br />

41 to 43g of worsted weight <strong>10</strong>0% cotton.<br />

Follow the yarn manufacturer’s<br />

recommended needle size.<br />


Cast on 45 sts<br />

Row 1[RS]: K45<br />

Row 2[WS]: K45<br />

Rows 3-6: K45<br />

Row 7: K4, p15, k1, p5, k1, p15, k4<br />

Row 8: K19, p1tbl, k5, p1tbl, k19<br />

Row 9: K4, p15, k1, p5, k1, p15, k4<br />

Row <strong>10</strong>: K19, p1tbl, k5, p1tbl, k19<br />

Row 11: K4, p8, k1, p6, k1, p5, k1, p6, k1, p8, k4<br />

Row 12: K12, p1tbl, k5, 1/1 LPC, k5, 1/1 RPC, k5, p1tbl, k12<br />

Row 13: K4, p8, k1, p5, k1, p7, k1, p5, k1, p8, k4<br />

Row 14: K12, p1tbl, k4, 1/1 LPC, k7, 1/1 RPC, k4, p1tbl, k12<br />

Row 15: K4, p8, k1, p4, k1, p9, k1, p4, k1, p8, k4<br />

Row 16: K11, 1/1 LPC, k3, 1/1 LPC, k9, 1/1 RPC, k3, 1/1 RPC, k11<br />

Row 17: K4, p7, k1, p4, k1, p11, k1, p4, k1, p7, k4<br />

Dishident Continued on next page...<br />


Dishident Continued...<br />

Row 18: K<strong>10</strong>, 1/1 LPC, k3, 1/1 LPC, k11, 1/1 RPC, k3, 1/1 RPC, k<strong>10</strong><br />

Row 19: K4, p6, k1, p4, k1, p6, m1, k1, m1, p6, k1, p4, k1, p6, k4 (47 sts)<br />

Row 20: K<strong>10</strong>, p1tbl, k4, p1tbl, k5, p2, 1-to-3 inc purlwise, p2, k5, p1tbl, k4, p1tbl, k<strong>10</strong> (49 st)<br />

Row 21: K4, p6, k1, p4, k1, p5, m1, k3, k1tbl, k3, m1, p5, k1, p4, k1, p6, k4 (51 st)<br />

Row 22: K<strong>10</strong>, 1/1 RPC, k3, 1/1 RPC, k4, p9, k4, 1/1 LPC, k3, 1/1 LPC, k<strong>10</strong><br />

Row 23: K4, p7, k1, p4, k1, p4, k9, p4, k1, p4, k1, p7, k4<br />

Row 24: K11, 1/1 RPC, k3, 1/1 RPC, k3, p9, k3, 1/1 LPC, k3, 1/1 LPC, k11<br />

Row 25: K4, p8, 1/1 LPC, p3, k1, p3, k9, p3, k1, p3, 1/1 RPC, p8, k4<br />

Row 26: K13, 1/1 RPC, k2, 1/1 RPC, k2, p9, k2, 1/1 LPC, k2, 1/1 LPC, k13<br />

Row 27: K4, p<strong>10</strong>, 1/1 LPC, p2, k1, p2, k9, p2, k1, p2, 1/1 RPC, p<strong>10</strong>, k4<br />

Row 28: K15, 1/1 RPC, k1, 1/1 RPC, k1, k2tog, p5, ssk, k1, 1/1 LPC, k1, 1/1 LPC, k15 (49 sts)<br />

Row 29: K4, p12, 1/1 LPC, p1, k1, p1, k7, p1, k1, p1, 1/1 RPC, p12, k4<br />

Row 30: K17, 1/1 RPC 2X, k2tog, p3, ssk, 1/1 LPC 2X, k17 (47 sts)<br />

Row 31: K4, p14, 1/1 LPC, k7, 1/1 RPC, p14, k4<br />

Row 32: K19, 1/1 RC, p5, 1/1 LC, k19<br />

Row 33: K4, p16, 1/1 RC, cdd, 1/1 LC, p16, k4 (45 sts)<br />

Row 34: K19, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1-to-3 inc purlwise, p1, 1/1 RPC, k19 (47 sts)<br />

Row 35: K4, p14, 1/1 RPC 2X, k3, 1/1 LPC 2X, p14, k4<br />

Row 36: K17, 1/1 LPC, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, 1/1 RPC, k17<br />

Row 37: K4, p12, 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 RPC, p1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p1, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 LPC, p12, k4 (49 sts)<br />

Row 38: K15, 1/1 LPC, k2, p1, k2, p5, k2, p1, k2, 1/1 RPC, k15<br />

Row 39: K4, p<strong>10</strong>, 1/1 RPC, p2, 1/1 RPC, p1, k1, dec 5-to-1, k1, p1, 1/1 LPC, p2, 1/1 LPC, p<strong>10</strong>, k4 (45 sts)<br />

Row 40: K13, 1/1 LPC, k3, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k3, 1/1 RPC, k13<br />

Row 41: K4, p8, 1/1 RPC, p3, 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 LPC, p3, 1/1 LPC, p8, k4<br />

Row 42: K12, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k3, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k12<br />

Row 43: K4, p7, 1/1 RPC, p3, 1/1 RPC, p9, 1/1 LPC, p3, 1/1 LPC, p7, k4<br />

Row 44: K11, p1, k4, p1, k11, p1, k4, p1, k11<br />

Row 45: K4, p6, 1/1 RPC, p3, 1/1 RPC, p11, 1/1 LPC, p3, 1/1 LPC, p6, k4<br />

Row 46: K<strong>10</strong>, p1, k4, p1, k13, p1, k4, p1, k<strong>10</strong><br />

Row 47: K4, p6, p1tbl, p4, p1tbl, p13, p1tbl, p4, p1tbl, p6, k4<br />

Row 48: K<strong>10</strong>, p1, k4, p1, k13, p1, k4, p1, k<strong>10</strong><br />

Row 49: K4, p6, 1/1 LPC, p3, 1/1 LPC, p11, 1/1 RPC, p3, 1/1 RPC, p6, k4<br />

Row 50: K11, p1, k4, p1, k11, p1, k4, p1, k11<br />

Row 51: K4, p7, p1tbl, p4, 1/1 LPC, p9, 1/1 RPC, p4, p1tbl, p7, k4<br />

Row 52: K11, p1, k5, p1, k9, p1, k5, p1, k11<br />

Row 53: K4, p13, 1/1 LPC, p7, 1/1 RPC, p13, k4<br />

Row 54: K18, p1, k7, p1, k18<br />

Row 55: K4, p14, p1tbl, p7, p1tbl, p14, k4<br />

Row 56: K45<br />

Row 57: K4, p37, k4<br />

Rows 58-62: K45<br />

TIPS<br />

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

neater edge. When purling a stitch immediately after knitting a<br />

stitch; pull the excess yarn out of the purl stitch before knitting or<br />

purling on. This helps 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.<br />


Jumping Off<br />

By M. Dreary<br />


As October approaches libraries and booksellers<br />

are rolling out their banned book promotions. Bookstore<br />

tables are being stacked high with “banned”<br />

books and libraries will soon be giving out their “I read<br />

banned books” buttons and bookmarks. Knitwear designers<br />

will release “banned book” patterns or patterns<br />

inspired by “banned” books. Yarn dyers will have<br />

“banned book” colorways and clubs, further drawing attention<br />

to the cause. All of this is in a lead up to<br />

“Banned Books Week,” which runs from October 1-7,<br />

2023.<br />

“Banned Books Week” is a big deal for the American<br />

Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library<br />

association in the world. “Banned Books Week”<br />

generally garners a lot of attention for the ALA and<br />

their Office for Intellectual Freedom. “Banned Books<br />

Week” is such a big deal for the ALA that they maintain<br />

a website dedicated solely to “Banned Books Week,”<br />

www.bannedbooksweek.org , at which they are ready<br />

to accept your donations. “This year the ALA handed<br />

out $1,000,000 to libraries to “fight” censorship.”<br />

(ALA, 2023)<br />

Many of us in the fiber arts community want to get<br />

behind “Banned Books Week” because we don’t believe<br />

in censorship, but I want to encourage you to dig<br />

a little more deeply into what “Banned Books Week” is<br />

all about, and better yet, what it is NOT about, before<br />

you jump on the “Banned Books” bandwagon. First,<br />

“banned” books aren’t truly banned and second, the<br />

ALA is not an unbiased entity that wants to provide<br />

equal access to all books.<br />

As a book lover, becoming a librarian was a natural<br />

career choice. I have a B.S. in Library and Information<br />

Services from the University of Maine, and I earned my<br />

Master’s Degree in Library Science from Texas Woman’s<br />

University. I worked in the public library sector for<br />

about <strong>10</strong> years before I decided to stay home with my<br />

children. I am passionate about libraries and access to<br />

information, so it seems counterintuitive to denigrate<br />

the ALA, but they are an institution that has lost its way.<br />

During my senior year of high school, just one<br />

month before graduation, something would happen<br />

that would test the mettle of librarians around the country<br />

and fuel my desire to go into librarianship. On April<br />

20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered into<br />

Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colorado, and<br />

killed 13 people. After the Columbine shooting, activists,<br />

politicians, and the community at large wanted<br />

someone/thing to blame;<br />

musician Marilyn Manson,<br />

the video game DOOM,<br />

and The Anarchist Cookbook<br />

by William Powell<br />

(1971) would all come<br />

under fire.<br />

The Anarchist Cookbook<br />

was no stranger to<br />

controversy as it had been linked<br />

to other crimes/terrorism in the<br />

years leading up to the Columbine<br />

shooting. (Dokoupil, 2013) It also<br />

frequently made the ALA’s banned<br />

book list. The book contains<br />

plans for how to<br />

make bombs, Molotov<br />

cocktails, and how to<br />

use other types of<br />

weaponry.<br />

Naturally, there<br />

were calls for libraries<br />

across the country to remove<br />

Powell’s book<br />

from their collections. At this time, many librarians<br />

spoke out against removing the book from their libraries,<br />

as they felt it infringed on patron’s right to read.<br />

I admired these brave librarians for not bowing to censors<br />

in a knee jerk reaction; I wanted to be part of a<br />

profession that valued free speech. While I am in no<br />

way promoting The Anarchist Cookbook, I respect<br />

adults’ right to make their own choices about what they<br />

read; “adult,” being the operative word in that statement.<br />

So, what does the ALA mean when they say<br />

“banned book?” The term “banned,” while compelling,<br />

is a misnomer. None of the books on the ALA’s list are<br />

actually banned from print, sale, or view in general.<br />

Rather, these are books that have been challenged,<br />

predominantly in compulsory school libraries; 58% of<br />

the books challenged in 2022 were part of school libraries<br />

or classroom curricula. (ALA, 2023)<br />


Banned Books Continued...<br />

Requests to remove books from a library go<br />

through a multi-step process. However, the first step<br />

typically starts with a complaint by a patron. A librarian<br />

will listen to the patron’s concern and will proceed<br />

through a few steps, depending on the type of library.<br />

The item may be removed immediately from the collection<br />

because it violates the library’s mission (i.e. an anti-<br />

Catholic book in a Catholic school library); if this is not<br />

the case, patrons are typically asked to fill out a form<br />

detailing their objection to the material.<br />

If a patron fails to complete the “challenge request”<br />

form, then the challenge process ends and the material<br />

will stay in the collection. Even if the patron doesn’t escalate<br />

the request to the level of filling out paperwork, a<br />

bored librarian can still fill out the ALA’s Challenge Reporting<br />

form. The ALA uses a deceptively simple form<br />

for reporting and recording challenges (ALA, 2023), so<br />

a challenge recorded in the ALA’s “banned books” statistics<br />

can be as simple as a verbal complaint that a<br />

book shouldn’t be in the children’s collection because it<br />

contains nudity.<br />

If a patron goes through the process of filling out a<br />

written request, a panel of library board members will<br />

review the request and then form a decision on<br />

whether or not to remove the title. Book removal<br />

requests and outcomes are reported to the ALA voluntarily,<br />

so the true accuracy of their statistics is unknown.<br />

(ALA, 2023)<br />

I think most of us will agree that a book about building<br />

bombs and making bullets isn’t appropriate for a<br />

school library; however, the waters tend to get a little<br />

murky when we start talking about sexual content. The<br />

ALA's current top <strong>10</strong> most challenged books are all<br />

geared towards teens/young adults, and are challenged<br />

based on explicit sexual content and/or sexual<br />

abuse. (ALA, 2023) The top 50 most “banned” books<br />

are nearly all books that are geared toward children<br />

and teens. (Martin, 2022)<br />

While I wholeheartedly agree that censorship is<br />

bad, I am also a firm believer in age appropriateness.<br />

The appropriateness lines are becoming ever more<br />

blurred and the ALA is completely tone deaf when it<br />

comes to the concerns of parents. (Kennedy, 2022)<br />

How vulgar or graphic does something written for children<br />

have to be to not receive the blessing of the ALA?<br />

The ALA disparages parent advocacy groups and<br />

lists them as the cause of the rise in book challenges,<br />

yet they offer no solutions to concerned parents. (ALA,<br />

2023) “Trigger warning.” “Explicit lyrics.” “This film contains<br />

content that may not be suitable for children.”<br />

Most of us have seen content warnings like these on<br />

films, music, and even YouTube videos, but when it<br />

comes to books it is still the Wild West. My child can’t<br />

purchase a copy of Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the<br />

local Wal-Mart, but she can check out books with<br />

graphic depictions of sex acts from a school library.<br />

I have chosen not to include excerpts from the most<br />

controversial titles, but if you would like to know what a<br />

lot of parents find so objectionable you may simply<br />

Google: “explicit passages in ‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’.”<br />


The American Library Association is not an unbiased<br />

organization. They do have a very liberal progressive<br />

agenda. (Kennedy, 2022) When there was a lot of uproar<br />

earlier this year over celebrated children’s author,<br />

Roald Dahl’s, work being censored to remove “offensive”<br />

language (Diaz, 2023), there was no great outcry<br />

from the American Library Association (ALA). They also<br />

weren’t particularly worried when the Seuss estate decided<br />

to withdraw books from print because they were<br />

deemed “insensitive.” (Villagomez, 2021)<br />

Obviously, if books are being censored for reasons<br />

that the ALA agrees with, then there is no cause for<br />

alarm. (Andrew, 2021) While the ALA thinks graphic<br />

sexual content is suitable for children, and doesn’t merit<br />

a content warning or parent permission, Kaitlin Frick, in<br />

her blog post for The Association for Library Service to<br />

Children, writes that library staff should attach racism<br />

discussion guides to racially “problematic” classic<br />

books, like Little House on the Prairie. (Frick, 2020) “She<br />

also suggests librarians encourage parents to check out<br />

anti-racist books or more inclusive titles along with a<br />

classic book.” (Andrew,<br />

2021)<br />

You might be further<br />

dismayed to learn why<br />

there are, likely, no “conservative”<br />

books on the<br />

banned books list, even<br />

though we’ve been living<br />

through one of, arguably,<br />

the most divisive political<br />

and social climates of the<br />

past 50 years. The reason,<br />

quite simply, is gatekeeping.<br />

Johnny the Walrus by Matt Walsh was, undoubtedly,<br />

a very controversial book released in 2022 (Migdon,<br />

2021); the book sold nearly <strong>10</strong>0,000 copies in the first<br />

two months of its release. Yet, it did not appear on the<br />

ALA’s banned book list, why not? Maybe everyone just<br />

thought the book was great, and there wasn’t a single<br />

challenge…doubtful. A catalog search of the Chicago<br />

Public Library returns 0 results for Johnny the Walrus<br />

(they have 4 copies of The Anarchist Cookbook). I live<br />


Banned Books Continued...<br />

in a conservative area of the southern United States,<br />

and guess what; my local library system also has 0<br />

copies of Johnny the Walrus. Yes, that is anecdotal evidence,<br />

so take it for its worth.<br />

Librarians (and especially directors and school<br />

boards) have supreme power over what is in the library<br />

collection, so if they don’t want certain types of books<br />

in the collection, they won’t be in the collection. Just<br />

this week, a school district in Canada removed all<br />

books that were published before 2008 from its school<br />

library, under the guise of equity and inclusion. (Brockbank,<br />

King, 2023) When a patron comes into the library<br />

and makes a book request, some librarians will happily<br />

take the request even if they know the book is not<br />

going to be ordered (patrons will eventually forget<br />

about it or get tired of asking). Other librarians may<br />

offer excuses about budget cuts in order to pacify an<br />

eager patron. Trust me, this happens all the time.<br />

Simply put, if they don’t want the book, you aren’t getting<br />

the book.<br />

In short, fiber friends, as October nears and everyone<br />

starts to share pictures of their WIPs emblazoned<br />

with the “I Read Banned Books” tagline, I encourage<br />

you to think more critically about whether the American<br />

Library Association is an organization you want to draw<br />

attention to and/or support. Personally, I will choose to<br />

just read dangerously and knit something spooky.<br />

Afterword:<br />

Author, William Powell, spent 40 years after the publication<br />

of The Anarchist Cookbook disavowing the<br />

book and trying to get it removed from print. (Dokoupil,<br />

2013) However, The Anarchist Cookbook is still in print,<br />

still in many libraries, and did not make the list of 50<br />

Most Banned Books in 2022.<br />

Citations:<br />

American Library Association. (2023, August 25). Top 13 most challenged books of 2022. Advocacy, Legislation & Issues.<br />

https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top<strong>10</strong><br />

American Library Association. (n.d.). About the American Library Association. About ALA. https://www.ala.org/aboutala/<br />

American Library Association: Office of Intellectual Freedom. (n.d.). Banned Books Week. Banned books week. https://bannedbooksweek.org/about/<br />

American Library Association. (2023, February 24). challenge reporting. American Library Association.<br />

http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report (Accessed September 14, 2023)<br />

American Library Association (2023, Junes 22). american library association to distribute $1 million to support fight against censorship.<br />

American Library Association. (Accessed September 14, 2023)<br />

http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2023/06/american-library-association-distribute-1-million-support-fight-against<br />

American Library Association. (2023, March 20). 2022 book ban data. American Library Association.<br />

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/book-ban-data (Accessed September 14, 2023)<br />

Andrew, S. (2021, March 3). Libraries oppose censorship. so they’re getting creative when it comes to offensive kids’ books. CNN.<br />

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/03/us/offensive-childrens-books-librarians-wellness-trnd/index.html<br />

Brockbank, N., & King, A. (2023, September 13). “EmPty Shelves with absolutely no books”:<br />

Students, Parents Question School Board’s library weeding process | CBC NewsNi. CBCnews.<br />

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/peel-school-board-library-book-weeding-1.6964332<br />

Dokoupil, T. (2013, December 17). After latest shooting, Murder Manual author calls for book to be taken “immediately” out of print. NBCNews.com.<br />

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/after-latest-shooting-murder-manual-author-calls-book-be-taken-flna2d11758543<br />

Frick, K. (2020, June 15). The problem with Peter Pan: Racism in the classics. ALSC Blog.<br />

https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2020/06/problem-with-classic-literature/<br />

Kennedy, D. (2022, September <strong>10</strong>). Librarians go radical as new woke policies take over: Experts. New York Post.<br />

https://nypost.com/2022/09/<strong>10</strong>/librarians-go-radical-as-new-woke-policies-take-over-experts/<br />

Martin, J. (2022, November 17). The 50 most banned books in America. CBS News.<br />

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/the-50-most-banned-books-in-america/51/<br />

Migdon, B. (2021, December 9). Amazon bestseller compares being trans to pretending to be a walrus. The Hill.<br />

https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/diversity-inclusion/585135-amazon-bestseller-compares-being-trans-to/<br />

Villagomez, J. (2021, March 8). Chicago Public Library removing 6 dr. Seuss books from the shelves while it determines long-term options.<br />

Chicago Tribune.<br />

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-dr-seuss-chicago-public-library-202<strong>10</strong>308-gibelvfs7fhrbpwlbitxdyalbm-story.html<br />

Waters, C. (2019, November 13). “woke” librarians take their politics to another level. The American Conservative.<br />

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/woke-librarians-take-their-politics-to-another-level/<br />


GOLDEN<br />



A modular constructed mitered-square cowl<br />

By Uknitted Kingdom<br />


• 4.5 mm for the squares<br />

• 3.5 mm for the top and bottom edges<br />

Option 1 Schematics<br />

YARN<br />

Yarn for option 1<br />

200 g (4 balls) West Yorkshire Spinners Elements DK (60%<br />

TENCEL Lyocell / 40% Falkland Islands Wool - 50g / 1.75oz<br />

122m/122yd)<br />

• Color 1 – Summer Haze 1<strong>10</strong>7 50g 122m (133yd)<br />

• Color 2 – Fresh Water 1<strong>10</strong>6 50g 122m (133yd)<br />

• Color 3 – Moonlight 1<strong>10</strong>1 50g 122m (133yd)<br />

• Color 4 – Pebble Shore 1139 50 g 122m (133yd)<br />

Use leftover yarn to crochet the optional spiral. In this example<br />

I used #1145 Watermelon.<br />

Yarn for option 2<br />

3 balls Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk Mist (77% Alpaca, 23% Silk<br />

0.9 oz/25g 153 yds/140 m) #14 Morning Mist, held double<br />

throughout the body of the cowl, one at a time, with each of<br />

the following colors of Holst Garn Coast fingering (55%<br />

Lambswool, 45% Cotton 50g/1.75oz 350m/383yd)<br />

• Color 1 – Dove .3 oz/<strong>10</strong>g 70m/77yd<br />

• Color 2 – Skylight .3 oz/<strong>10</strong>g 70m/77yd<br />

• Color 3 – Nimbus .3 oz/<strong>10</strong>g 70m/77yd<br />

• Color 4 – Marlin .3 oz/<strong>10</strong>g 70m/77yd<br />

• Color 5 – Lead 1 oz/30g 2<strong>10</strong>m/230yd<br />

or<br />


• Stitch marker<br />

• Tapestry needle<br />

• 4.5 mm Crochet hook .<br />


CDDp – Centered double decrease, purled: Slip 1 knitwise 2X.<br />

Sl these 2 sts back to left needle, insert right needle from left<br />

to right into their back loops and slip together to right needle.<br />

P1 and pass the 2 slipped sts over.<br />

SC - Single Crochet (US version)<br />

HDC – Half Double Crochet (US version)<br />


Golden Ratio Continued...<br />

Directions for Square 1<br />

Using color 1, a 4.5 mm crochet hook, and a 4.5 mm knitting<br />

needle, cast on 21 stitches using the crochet cast on<br />

method.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k8, CDDp, k8, p1 (dec’d 2, 19 sts rem)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k8) 2X, p1<br />

Row 3: Sl1, k7, CDDp, k7, p1 (dec’d 2, 17 sts rem)<br />

Row 4: (Sl1, k7) 2X, p1<br />

Row 5: Sl1, k6, CDDp, k6, p1 (dec’d 2, 15 sts rem)<br />

Row 6: (Sl1, k6) 2X, p1<br />

Row 7: Sl1, k5, CDDp, k5, p1 (dec’d 2, 13 sts rem)<br />

Row 8: (Sl1, k5) 2X, p1<br />

Row 9: Sl1, k4, CDDp, k4, p1 (dec’d 2, 11 sts rem)<br />

Row <strong>10</strong>: (Sl1, k4) 2X, p1<br />

Row 11: Sl1, k3, CDDp, k3, p1 (dec’d 2, 9 sts rem)<br />

Row 12: (Sl1, k3) 2X, p1<br />

Row 13: Sl1, k2, CDDp, k2, p1 (dec’d 2, 7 sts rem)<br />

Row 14: (Sl1, k2) 2X, p1<br />

Row 15: Sl1, k1, CDDp, k1, p1 (dec’d 2, 5 sts rem)<br />

Row 16: (Sl1, k1) 2X, p1<br />

Row 17: Sl1, CDDp, p1 (dec’d 2, 3 sts rem)<br />

Row 18: Sl2, p1 (Note: sl2 should be slipped individually,<br />

NOT together)<br />

Row 19: CDDp (dec’d 2, 1 st rem)<br />

Bind off and cut yarn, weave in end.<br />

Directions for Square 2<br />

Using color 2, a 4.5 mm crochet hook, and a 4.5 mm knitting<br />

needle, cast on <strong>10</strong> stitches using the crochet cast on<br />

method.<br />

With the <strong>10</strong> stitches on the needle and using the same<br />

yarn as you cast on with, pick up a stitch through the center<br />

of the last CDD of square 1. Pick up another <strong>10</strong> stitches from<br />

the slip stitch edge for 21 stitches in total. Stitch 12 (directly<br />

following the center stitch is tricky to pick up as the slip<br />

stitch edge lies directly behind the central double decrease.<br />

Repeat the directions for square 1.<br />

Directions for Square 3<br />

Using color 3, a 4.5mm crochet hook, and a 4.5mm knitting<br />

needle, cast on 20 stitches using the crochet cast on<br />

method.<br />

With the 20 stitches on the needle and using the same<br />

yarn as you cast on with, pick up a stitch through the center<br />

of the last CDD of square 1. Pick up another 20 stitches from<br />

the slip stitch edge for 41 stitches in total. Stitch 22 (directly<br />

following the center stitch is tricky to pick up as the slip<br />

stitch edge lies directly behind the central double decrease.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k18, CDDp, k18, p1 (dec’d 2, 39 sts rem)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k18) 2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as<br />

the previous squares.<br />

Directions for Square 4<br />

Using color 2, a 4.5 mm crochet hook, and a 4.5 mm knitting<br />

needle, cast on 30 stitches using the crochet cast on<br />

method.<br />

With the 30 stitches on the needle and using the same<br />

yarn as you cast on with, pick up a stitch through the center<br />

of the last CDD of square 1. Pick up another 30 stitches from<br />

the slip stitch edge for 61 stitches in total. Stitch 32 (directly<br />

16<br />

following the center stitch is tricky to pick up as the slip<br />

stitch edge lies directly behind the central double decrease.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k28, CDDp, k28, p1 (dec’d 2, 59 sts rem)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1, k28) 2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as<br />

previous squares.<br />

Directions for Square 5<br />

Using color 3, a 4.5 mm crochet hook, and a 4.5 mm knitting<br />

needle, cast on 50 stitches using the crochet cast on<br />

method.<br />

With the 50 stitches on the needle and using the same<br />

yarn as you cast on with, pick up a stitch through the center<br />

of the last CDD of square 1. Pick up another 50 stitches from<br />

the slip stitch edge (<strong>10</strong>1 stitches in total). Stitch 52 (directly<br />

following the center stitch is tricky to pick up as the slip<br />

stitch edge lies directly behind the central double decrease.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k48, CDDp, k48, p1 (dec’d 2, 99 sts rem)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k48) 2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as<br />

previous squares.<br />

If knitting option 1, stop here and knit squares 1 to 5<br />

again, alternating the colors already used as follows:<br />

Square 1: Color 3<br />

Square 2: Color 2<br />

Square 3: Color 1<br />

Square 4: Color 2<br />

Square 5: Color 1<br />

Option 1: top and bottom edges and seaming<br />

With 3.5 mm needles, and color 4, pick up and knit every<br />

stitch along the top edge of the front section. In garter stitch<br />

knit 14 rows (7 ridges). Loosely bind off.<br />

Repeat for the bottom edge and again for the top and<br />

bottom of the back section.<br />

Using the schematic as a guide, turn one of the sections<br />

around.<br />

With the right sides facing each other and wrong sides on<br />

the outside, join the edges of squares 3 and 4 of section 1 to<br />

squares 4 and 3 of section 2 using a single crochet (US<br />

terms) join through the outside leg of each stitch. This will<br />

leave the bulky part of the seam on the wrong side.<br />

Then join the edge of square 6 of section 1 to square 6 of<br />

section 2 using a SC, join through the inside leg of each<br />

stitch. This will leave the bulky part of the seam on the wrong<br />

side and a visible line of stitches that will be crocheted into<br />

later.<br />

Turn the cowl so the right side is facing outwards.<br />

Using a 4.5mm crochet hook and your spare yarn, beginning<br />

in the first CDD of square 1, HDC into every CDD in a<br />

spiral. On the back seam HDC through both legs created<br />

from the seam.<br />

Continue HDCs until you reach the first CDD of the other<br />

square 1.<br />

Weave both ends of the spare yarn through to the wrong<br />

side and secure. Wash and block.<br />

Wash and block.

Golden Ratio Continued...<br />


Knit squares 1 to 5 as above plus square 6:<br />

Square 1:Color 1<br />

Square 2:Color 2<br />

Square 3:Color 3<br />

Square 4:Color 4<br />

Square 5:Color 5<br />

Square 6:Remnants of colors 4, 3, 2, and 1 (in that order).<br />

Directions for Square 6<br />

C0 80 stitches, pick up center stitch, pick up 80 stitches.<br />

Row 1:Sl1 wyib, k78, CDDp, k78, p1(dec’d 2, 159)<br />

Row 2:(Sl1wyib, k78)2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as previous<br />

squares.<br />

Option 2: top and bottom edges and seaming<br />

With 3.5 mm needles, and color 5 held double (don’t used the<br />

alpaca for the edges), pick up and knit every stitch along the<br />

top edge. In garter stitch knit 14 rows (7 ridges). Loosely cast<br />

off. Repeat for the bottom edge.With the right sides showing,<br />

mattress stitch the edge of squares 4 and 5 to the edge of<br />

square 6. Wash and block.<br />


Knit the first 6 squares in a yarn weight and color(s) of your<br />

choice. Use a hook and needles appropriate for the weight of<br />

yarn.<br />

Directions for Square 11<br />

CO 890 stitches. Pick up center stitch, pick up 890 stitches,<br />

1781 stitches total.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k888, CDDp, k888, p1 (dec’d 2, 1779 sts rem)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k888) 2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as previous<br />

squares.<br />

In theory, the blanket can be added to ad infinitum. It’s unlikely<br />

you will want to go beyond this size. However, if you do,<br />

the CO numbers would be as follows:<br />

Square 12: 1440<br />

Square 13: 2330<br />

Square 14: 3770<br />

Square 15: 6<strong>10</strong>0<br />

Square 16: 9870 (if you get this far you deserve a medal and<br />

a free carpal tunnel operation!)<br />

To add a border, pick up and knit every stitch along one side<br />

of the blanket.<br />

In garter stitch knit 14 rows (7 ridges). Bind off loosely.<br />

Repeat this along each edge in turn.<br />

Using a yarn of your choice, and a crochet hook appropriate<br />

for the yarn weight, HDC along the CDD lines from the center<br />

of the blanket outwards. Weave in the 2 ends.<br />

Wash and block.<br />

Option 2 Schematics<br />

Directions for Square 7<br />

C0 130 stitches, pick up center stitch, pick up 130 stitches,<br />

261 stitches total.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k128, CDDp, k128, p1 (dec’d 2, 259 sts)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k128) 2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as previous<br />

squares.<br />

Directions for Square 8<br />

C0 2<strong>10</strong> stitches, pick up center stitch, pick up 2<strong>10</strong> stitches,<br />

421 stitches total.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k208, CDDp, k208, p1 (dec’d 2, 419 sts)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k208) 2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as previous<br />

squares.<br />

Directions for Square 9<br />

CO 340 stitches. Pick up center stitch, pick up 340 stitches,<br />

681 stitches total.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k338, CDDp, k338, p1 (dec’d 2, 679 sts)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k338) 2X, k338, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as previous<br />

squares.<br />

Directions for Square <strong>10</strong><br />

CO 550 stitches. Pick up center stitch, pick up 550 stitches,<br />

1<strong>10</strong>1 stitches total.<br />

Row 1: Sl1 wyib, k548, CDDp, k548, p1 (dec’d 2, <strong>10</strong>99 sts rem)<br />

Row 2: (Sl1 wyib, k548) 2X, p1<br />

Repeat these 2 rows decreasing in the same manner as previous<br />

squares.<br />


Black Sheep<br />

By Uknitted Kingdom<br />

In September 2023 the world’s most expensive handknitted<br />

sweater sold at Sotheby’s in New York, to an unknown<br />

bidder, for an incredible $1.14 million.<br />

The estimated auction price expected was a ‘mere’ $50k<br />

to $80k.<br />

To warrant this value one might be forgiven for expecting<br />

the sweater to have been spun and knitted using the<br />

Golden Fleece from the ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ myth.<br />

In reality, the sweater was owned and worn (only twice in<br />

public) by the late Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1961 d.<br />

1997).<br />

Traditionally, members of the British Royal Family, especially<br />

women, are expected to, “never complain, never explain,”<br />

and have arguably always had their freedom to<br />

speak curtailed for fear of offending dignitaries, politicians,<br />

and/or their subjects. Possibly, as a result, many of the<br />

Royal ladies have used clothing and accessories as a<br />

means to do the talking for them, affording them plausible<br />

deniability. One only has to research the late Queen Elizabeth<br />

II’s ‘handbag codes’ to see the extent of this.<br />

Diana, Princess of Wales, was well known for sending<br />

messages via her clothing. Her “revenge dress” being the<br />

most famous example.<br />

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenge_dress<br />

Another equally notorious clothing message was Diana’s<br />

“black sheep” sweater. Diana first wore this sweater in public<br />

in 1981 just one month before her marriage to the<br />

(then) Prince, Charles Windsor.<br />

The sweater was purchased from ‘Warm and Wonderful’<br />

https://warmandwonderful.com/ and had been designed<br />

by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. The design was a simple<br />

crew neck sweater with adapted drop-sleeves, in red,<br />

with white sheep with black eyes, and one lone black<br />

sheep. The hand knit<br />

sweaters were sold until<br />

1994.<br />

At the time of first wearing,<br />

the British and world media<br />

were obsessed with Lady<br />

Diana Spencer, her upcoming<br />

marriage to the heir to<br />

the British throne, her hair,<br />

her clothes, her car, her<br />

friends, her job, all were scrutinised,<br />

opined upon, and regurgitated<br />

to the world with<br />

a side plate of hysteria and<br />

obsession.<br />

To the media, the<br />

message Diana<br />

was sending was<br />

clear and, in retrospect,<br />

spookily prophetic.<br />

The sweater symbolised Diana’s feelings of being<br />

an outsider, the figurative black sheep of the Royal Family.<br />

In public, at least, Diana only wore the sweater once<br />

more, two years later, in 1983. This time the media claimed<br />

it was to further cement her feelings of isolation from the<br />

Family. Much of this was made in the 2020 fourth season of<br />

“The Crown,” where Emma Corrin wore a replica.<br />

Possibly in tandem with The Crown episode(s), Warm<br />

and Wonderful reissued the renamed, “Diana Edition<br />

Sheep Sweater” design in 2020 and it is currently on sale<br />

for £270 GBP.<br />

At the time of filming The Crown’s ‘black sheep’ episode(s)<br />

the location of<br />

Diana’s own sweater was unknown.<br />

However, in a fortuitous<br />

twist, in March 2023<br />

the sweater was found in the<br />

attic of the original designers.<br />

Along with it were<br />

two letters from Buckingham<br />

Palace.<br />

In the first letter, dated<br />

1983, Diana had requested<br />

the sweater be mended or<br />

replaced after it had become damaged. A new sweater<br />

was sent to her and a second letter thanking the designers<br />

was sent.<br />

It was this new sweater that Diana wore in 1983; therefore<br />

each version of the sweater was only aired in public<br />

once. The original damaged sweater languished, forgotten,<br />

in the attic for over four decades.<br />

It is this damaged, original hand-knit which sold, alongside<br />

the two verifying letters, for $1.4 million. The whereabouts<br />

of the second sweater is currently unknown.<br />

It’s interesting to ponder on how this sweater would be<br />

interpreted now, if Catherine, the current Princess of<br />

Wales, was to wear it.<br />

In modern times the notion of the ‘black sheep’ has<br />

been labelled by some as ‘racist.’ In Britain, in 1986, activists<br />

attempted and failed to ban the 1744 nursery rhyme<br />

“Baa Baa Black Sheep.” The original rhyme (below) was interpreted<br />

as being racist and a celebration of colonialism<br />

and transatlantic slavery.<br />


Black Sheep Continued...<br />

Bah, Bah, a black Sheep,<br />

Have you any Wool?<br />

Yes merry have I,<br />

Three bags full,<br />

One for my Master,<br />

One for my Dame,<br />

One for my little boy<br />

That lives in the lane.<br />

(Opie, I. & Opie, P. (1997) [1951]. The Oxford Dictionary<br />

of Nursery Rhymes (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.<br />

p. 88. ISBN 0-19-860088-7.)<br />

It may well be because of this controversy, that Diana’s<br />

black sheep sweater was never seen again until long after<br />

her death.<br />

In 1999, activists in Birmingham called for the banning<br />

of the rhyme, and in 2006, in Oxfordshire a further attempt<br />

was made. Although there are British nurseries and<br />

schools which insist on singing “pink sheep,” “green<br />

sheep,” “rainbow sheep,” “white sheep,” “happy sheep,”<br />

etc, it is not, and has never been, an official diktat by local<br />

or national government.<br />

In Melbourne, Australia, in 2014 a similar unsuccessful<br />

campaign to ban the rhyme was held. No doubt, there<br />

will be other attempts in the future.<br />

It’s interesting that, to my knowledge, Diana Princess of<br />

Wales was never accused of racism for wearing the<br />

sweater.<br />

I wonder if, as I type, an eternally offended Craftsnarker<br />

is currently banging out a post condemning the free pattern<br />

(available below) for racism, or for the intersection of<br />

being racist whilst not being size inclusive!<br />

In the meantime, why not knit your own black sheep<br />

sweater? The design is available for free at the link below<br />

(use the sheep graphs on a different size-inclusive<br />

sweater design if your size isn’t available):<br />

Afterall, we <strong>blocked</strong> and cancelled knitters are considered,<br />

by some, the black sheep of the knitting world.<br />

Clickable Pattern Link<br />

https://web.archive.org/web/20151126170154/http://www.p-hop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Diana-Black-Sheep-Sweater-download.pdf<br />


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By Uknitted Kingdom<br />

‘Number knitting, The new all-ways-stretch method’<br />

22<br />

I’m a self-confessed “process knitter.”<br />

The techniques and intricacies of knitting<br />

and crochet hold far more interest<br />

for me than a finished object. It is why I<br />

have dozens of works in progress (WIPs)<br />

and why, once I understand a new technique<br />

used in a pattern, I often lose interest<br />

in continuing. If the project is a<br />

large sweater, or a blanket, it sometimes<br />

morphs into a symbol of shame, a reminder<br />

of my failure to see the job<br />

through to the end.<br />

The phrase “A Jack of all trades is a<br />

master of none, but oftentimes better<br />

than a master of one,” definitely explains<br />

those of us with magpie-brains coveting<br />

knowledge and collecting<br />

techniques. Ooo, there’s a shiny<br />

new skill I need to learn. Be right<br />

back…<br />

I hold an envious respect for<br />

those who are more single-minded<br />

and can apply their skills to one<br />

project for years, decades, or even a<br />

lifetime.<br />

In the knitting and crochet world<br />

there are many YouTubers committed<br />

to long-term projects, such<br />

as:<br />

● Roxanne Richardson knitting a<br />

sweater from every decade from<br />

1890.<br />

● Engineering Knits knitting and<br />

crocheting from Weldons’ Practical<br />

Needlework series<br />

● Vintage Crochet following the<br />

original (often vague and confusing)<br />

instructions for a Victorian pattern<br />

before revealing what it should have<br />

looked like.<br />

● Nathan Taylor, The Sockmatician,<br />

who has worked tirelessly on<br />

his double brioche and triple-knit<br />

projects.<br />

When I heard about Kelly Vaughn<br />

(Knitswag on social media) and her<br />

long-erm project to re-publish Virginia<br />

Woods Bellamy’s “Number<br />

knitting, The new all-ways-stretch<br />

method” (1952), I was fixated for several<br />

reasons:<br />

● Despite the difficulty I have sticking<br />

with a project, the one pattern I return<br />

to again and again is the mitered<br />

square. Each square holds my attention<br />

from beginning to end and both of my<br />

favorite techniques are used throughout<br />

(central double decrease (CDD) and<br />

picking up and knitting stitches (PUK)).<br />

Virginia’s book holds the original mitresquare<br />

method. Although she never<br />

refers to the squares as ‘mitres’, nor<br />

does she use CDDs, there’s no mistaking<br />

them for anything else.<br />

● The book is hard to find and incredibly<br />

expensive. Only 5,000 copies<br />

were printed in 1952 and they have<br />

since become collector’s items; sometimes<br />

eliciting prices of over $500 for a<br />

hardcover original. Even the electronic<br />

version is expensive. There are two<br />

electronic versions ($74.99 and $39.99<br />

– more on this to follow). What becomes<br />

rare becomes wanted.<br />

● After reading the 1972 reprint<br />

editions of Mary Thomas’ Knitting Book<br />

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

Patterns (1943), I have been far<br />

more interested in the knitting of the<br />

past than the knitting of the present.<br />

Virginia’s book hits the sweet spot of<br />

time between Mary Thomas, James<br />

Norbury, and Elizabeth Zimmermann.<br />

● Although 70+ years since publication,<br />

Virginia’s approach, techniques,<br />

and knowledge appear refreshingly<br />

new. I think I can say with confidence<br />

that you will never before have encountered<br />

patterns written and<br />

presented/charted the way Virginia<br />

does in “Number Knitting.” There is so<br />

much to learn from this book and yet, at<br />

first glance, one might be forgiven for<br />

missing its secrets. It’s old, yet new,<br />

dated, yet exciting, and Kelly Vaughn is<br />

unlocking the dust-covered jewellery<br />

box and sharing the diamonds.<br />

I can imagine at this point you might<br />

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Number Knitting Continued...<br />

be thinking, “mitred squares, so what?” Well, Virginia’s<br />

“All New All-Ways-Stretch Method” was so unique in<br />

1948 that Virginia succeeded in patenting the process<br />

and patenting the teaching of the method.<br />

Before explaining the method<br />

it’s worth painting a historical<br />

background. Virginia had lived<br />

through The Great Depression,<br />

World War I, and World War II.<br />

Like many of our grandparents’<br />

and great-grandparents’ generations,<br />

survivors of those times of<br />

stress and scarcity tended to<br />

squirrel away food and money,<br />

and tried to make food, material,<br />

and fuel stretch as far as possible.<br />

After surviving so many periods of<br />

poverty, who could say when the<br />

next war or financial crash might<br />

occur?<br />

So it was with knitting and<br />

wool. Virginia’s method used less<br />

wool than other methods of the<br />

time. She had growing children<br />

to clothe and either couldn’t or<br />

wouldn’t spend a small fortune<br />

on wool. Virginia also had a dislike/distrust<br />

of yarn stores/producers<br />

with their rudeness,<br />

haughtiness, and monopolisation<br />

of which wools could be knitted<br />

using which patterns. Therefore,<br />

her method allowed knitters to<br />

make warm, fashionable (for the<br />

time) items of knitwear using less<br />

yarn.<br />

In terms of being fashionable,<br />

you’re unlikely to find many patterns<br />

within the book which you<br />

could follow, knit, and wear as<br />

presented. The patterns are absolutely<br />

of their time. However,<br />

the book is a great example of<br />

skill building, with a definite<br />

beginner level, building to very<br />

complex pieces. Once the<br />

reader understands the basic<br />

principles of Virginia’s method<br />

they can, as Virginia intended,<br />

be applied to the readers’ own<br />

designs, including modern<br />

contemporary designs.<br />

Kelly has researched fashions of the era in order to<br />

ascertain how certain items should be worn. For example,<br />

in the 1950s, shawls and headscarves were oft<br />

worn with the point facing downward on the<br />

face, thus originated the term, “widow’s<br />

peak” (earliest known reference to this was in<br />

1509, and was very widespread during the<br />

1800s). [Wilton, David. Wordorigins.org]. To<br />

our modern fashion sense this might not be<br />

as obvious as it still would have been in the<br />

1950s.<br />

Kelly’s journey to find out adjacent information<br />

is engaging and very informative.<br />

Kelly asks questions and poses theories<br />

rather than asserting her findings as facts. In<br />

this way Kelly has built a picture of Virginia’s<br />

life, works, environment, friends, and to some<br />

extent, her motivations, which might only be<br />

mentioned briefly in the book, if at all.<br />

The Method<br />

Virginia’s method involves seven basic<br />

knitted shapes (see plate 1, page 24). Today<br />

these shapes might not seem extraordinary.<br />

However, in 1948, they, and how they were<br />

used, was unique and original enough that<br />

the United States Patent Office agreed to patent<br />

the process.<br />

In column 7 and 8 of the US Patent<br />

2,435,068 Virginia makes the claim:<br />

“8. A knitted fabric comprising joint<br />

knitted units having greater resistance to<br />

stretching along certain lines than the knitted<br />

structure as a whole along those lines, and<br />

said lines of the units of the knitted structure<br />

being arranged to render resistance to<br />

stretching substantially the same in a plurality<br />

of directions.”<br />

This claim is the basis of her “The New-<br />

All-Ways-Stretch Method.” In effect, the<br />

modular nature of her designs are extremely<br />

stretchy overall when worn, yet the<br />

individual modules quickly return to their<br />

original shape when resting. The reason for<br />

this, is that the direction of knitting<br />

changes within the module, or from one<br />

module to another. Some parts of the module<br />

or design will stretch vertically, others,<br />

horizontally, with a stabilising join between<br />

modules. This enables stretch in every di-<br />

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Number Knitting Continued...<br />

rection for the garment/item, and the stabilising edges<br />

of picked up stitches draws the stitches<br />

back together again.<br />

Another unusual aspect of Virginia’s<br />

method is her use of gauge-shifting.<br />

The gauge recommended can vary incredibly<br />

within a garment or item. For<br />

example, in her Winged Blouse (page<br />

206) the modules are knitted in varying<br />

needle sizes to change the fit of the<br />

item in certain areas. This enables the<br />

patterns to remain simple in presentation<br />

and avoids complicated mathematical<br />

grading.<br />

In general, Virginia’s gauge use is extremely<br />

loose. As a tight knitter, I find<br />

some of her gauges jaw dropping. For<br />

example, the Lanier Circlet: Evening<br />

Hood (page 150) is knitted with a gauge<br />

of 2 stitches to the inch, using a fine<br />

grade yarn!<br />

Virginia’s novel approach doesn’t<br />

end there. Her charts/diagrams are, in my opinion, genius.<br />

Although many of her innovations have been copied<br />

and facsimiled until her virtual watermark/signature<br />

has been eroded, this is one aspect of her work that is<br />

still unique to her.<br />

In the chart/diagram for the ‘Patchwork Blues<br />

Afghan’ Virginia provides all the information needed to<br />

create the blanket. Each square of the graph paper represents<br />

9 stitches x 9 ridges in garter stitch. The gauge is<br />

3 stitches per inch. So, each square (of the paper) equals<br />

3”. The finished piece will measure approximately 60”<br />

long and 27” wide. The box number is a crucial part of<br />

the understanding of Virginia’s patterns. Without this<br />

number the patterns are next to impossible to understand.<br />

The numbers on the colored sections indicate the<br />

order and direction the knitter should work in. This in itself<br />

is impressive. The modules of each pattern in the<br />

book are numbered in an order that eradicates (or significantly<br />

reduces) the need to break the yarn. In this particular<br />

example it probably wasn’t necessary as Virginia<br />

uses four different shades of blue, yet she still maintained<br />

that principle throughout.<br />

Before publishing the book Virginia ran mail-order<br />

classes using the techniques she developed. Kelly has<br />

been trying to track down one of the mail order courses<br />

with no luck (so far). The book is, in and of itself, a full<br />

course in learning to knit, not just Virginia’s methods. I<br />

suspect experienced knitters may miss important information,<br />

or misunderstand parts of the book, by thumbing<br />

ahead to the parts they feel<br />

are aimed at the more experienced.<br />

However, a word of caution,<br />

no matter how experienced<br />

we are as knitters, we are all beginners<br />

when it comes to Virginia’s<br />

unique approach.<br />

As you can probably tell, this<br />

knitting book is amongst my alltime<br />

favourites. If you enjoy the<br />

process of knitting, aren’t looking<br />

for a modern, perfect sweater pattern<br />

in row by row directions, then<br />

it might become one of your favourites<br />

too. If you enjoy modular<br />

knitting and ‘Cosy Memory’ mitresquare<br />

blankets, then I highly recommend<br />

you contact Kelly for<br />

your own pdf copy. It’s telling that<br />

the original modular blanket patterns<br />

herein are still more varied<br />

in placement patterning than any of the modern versions.<br />

(For example, see ‘The Mulbury Bush Afghan’<br />

placement suggestions: page <strong>10</strong>3).<br />

This leads me to what I originally considered to be a<br />

little contentious; the price.<br />

As mentioned, the hard copy books are so rare they<br />

are generally sold well in excess of $500 per copy. There<br />

are library copies around the USA and one copy in the<br />

UK. These are probably going to be difficult to obtain<br />

and, due to rarity, might be available for reference only,<br />

and not to be removed from the library.<br />

There are two electronic versions available to buy.<br />

The first version is a pdf at $74.99 from Kelly’s own<br />

Knitswag site: Number Knitting: The New All-Way<br />

Stretch Method, Digital Scan of The O – KnitSwag<br />

The other is a Kindle ebook at $39.99 From Amazon:<br />

Amazon.com: Number Knitting: The New All Ways<br />

Stretch Method eBook : Bellamy, Virginia Woods: Kindle<br />

Store<br />

At almost half the price you would think the<br />

Kindle/Amazon copy the obvious choice. However, the<br />

Amazon version has some quite strange formatting, you<br />

can’t print from it, and many of the photographs are<br />

blurred. Whereas the Knitswag version is printable, has<br />

colorised charts, clickable annotations, and is generally<br />

of far superior quality.<br />

Initially I struggled with Kelly’s justification for charging<br />

$74.99 until I learned just how much work she clearly<br />

put into creating the pdf. It isn’t as simple as just scan-<br />

Continued on next page...<br />


Number Knitting Continued...<br />

ning pages. Kelly has been systematically updating the<br />

charts from hand drawn to much clearer, cleaner software<br />

generated images. I think, once you have a copy<br />

of the book, Kelly makes these charts available (you will<br />

need the book to understand them though).<br />

There are 74 patterns in the Number Knitting book.<br />

You won’t like or knit them all, but when all things are<br />

considered, $1 per pattern isn’t too much of a stretch.<br />

Additionally, Kelly regularly offers extremely generous<br />

discounts (25% and 50%) for those willing to test<br />

knit some updated patterns from the book or join in<br />

with her Number Knitting knit-a-longs.<br />

Kelly hosts her knitalongs during weekly Sunday<br />

YouTube lives. Her YouTube channel is fun, engaging,<br />

self-effacing, informative, and is on my ‘never miss’ list<br />

(although I usually have to catch up later due to time<br />

zone differences).<br />

In closing, I’m unsure if Kelly will ever republish the<br />

book (with updated charts/diagrams) as, from watching<br />

her YouTube, she claims she has much more to learn<br />

from the book. I understand this. The knitting books of<br />

old (Mary Thomas, Elizabeth Zimmerman, etc) often<br />

squeezed the most valuable gems of information into a<br />

sea of type. You have to wade through the words diligently<br />

to find them all.<br />

The ‘Golden Ratio’ cowl and blanket patterns on<br />

page 15 (although originally mentioned on page 27 of<br />

issue 4) are my loose homage to Virginia’s work.<br />

Blocked Issue 4 (yumpu.com)<br />

Sources: https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/0a/0d/bf/b4b216fb0a0369/US2435068.pdf<br />


0x<strong>10</strong><br />

1 by 1<br />

By Annie of A Stitch in the Sky<br />

Numbers in Knitting & Crochet<br />

The inexperienced may not realize how many<br />

numbers are involved in our craft. From the age we<br />

learned to knit or crochet to the amount of unfinished<br />

projects we have, numbers are everywhere.<br />

A lot of people learn how to knit before they are<br />

age <strong>10</strong> and others are older. I was around 7 when I<br />

learned. I knitted two items for my brownie badge of<br />

which I had quite a few. I knitted a cape from polythene<br />

at art college when I was 19 and used our craft<br />

again when I was 22.<br />

Five years later, I started to knit again to help me<br />

give up smoking. It will soon be 30 years that I have<br />

always had projects on the needles.<br />

When we start a project we need to<br />

use needles or hooks with the right<br />

number engraved. Then we need the correct<br />

number of stitches and rows to make<br />

a <strong>10</strong> by <strong>10</strong> cm. square. We may need to<br />

use larger or smaller needles to get the right<br />

gauge. We also need the right thickness of yarn.<br />

Maybe 12 wraps per inch.<br />

Our chosen pattern may ask us to measure<br />

ourselves and then explain whether<br />

there is positive or negative ease. We will<br />

need to measure ourselves and then add or<br />

subtract inches or centimetres to decide<br />

which size to make.<br />

We may need to do 1 by 1 rib or 2 by 2 rib for 5<br />

cm. or 2 inches. We may need to knit until we have 30<br />

or 40 cm. before we start an arm hole. If we were knitting<br />

fair isle every row involves counting.<br />

Some of us have shorter arms than others and<br />

need to calculate how many rows to work. I have a<br />

few methods that help when counting large numbers.<br />

When I cast on, I place a marker after 50 stitches, if<br />

I’m counting rows I’ll place a marker after I’ve counted<br />

50.<br />

In dressmaking, there are two inches in width between<br />

sizes so designers have a lot of calculating to<br />

do to make patterns suitable for many sizes. When it<br />

comes to blankets, size can be whatever you would<br />

like, but if it is a crocheted blanket, the motifs have to<br />

have the correct amount of stitches on each round for<br />

them to lie flat.<br />

One of the most fun items I knitted was a pi shawl.<br />

The pi method is used to calculate how many increases<br />

are needed to make a flat circle. When all this<br />

measuring and calculating is finished, there are still<br />

more numbers.<br />

We have a number of pattern books and magazines.<br />

Some of us have a stash that you can count.<br />

Some of us will need to retire before we can do so. I<br />

have most of my magazines and books in two cupboards<br />

and have my wool in various places in three<br />

different rooms of my house.<br />

Then there are UFOs to take<br />

into consideration. I think I have<br />

between 5 and <strong>10</strong> and<br />

then I have a list of things<br />

I’d like to make. If you use<br />

Ravelry you may have a<br />

list of things that you’ve<br />

made. You might also<br />

have a list of things that you would like to make.<br />

You may have also listed all of your yarn.<br />

Sometimes when I’m in between projects, I<br />

have a bit of a sort out and look at patterns I’d like<br />

to make. I try to work out which of my stash yarns will<br />

make them, if they will work to gauge, are suitable<br />

and if I have enough yarn to complete the item.<br />

Sometimes a calculation is necessary - a ball of double<br />

knitting might have 125m. on it and you may have<br />

8 balls. This may be enough to make the sweater or<br />

cardigan you desire or it may not - which sometimes<br />

sends me batty.<br />

To be a monogamous knitter with no stash would<br />

be a lot simpler but there would still be numbers involved.<br />

So if you think you’re rubbish with numbers but<br />

have successfully completed knitted and crochet<br />

projects then maybe you’re better with numbers than<br />

you think.<br />

40cm<br />

12wpi<br />

50<br />

Here’s to 30 more years of knitting!<br />




I began knitting and crocheting baby items for charity back in the mid-80s. Over the years, I have found that my favourite<br />

thing to make has been baby hats. They are quick to knit or crochet, you can have fun with different styles and patterns, and<br />

(best of all) you only have to make one instead of a pair! I’m happy to team up with Anna of https://www.annaknitter.com/ to<br />

add my hat pattern to her Welcome Baby Socks as we grow our Welcome Baby Collection.<br />

For more information about the Welcome Baby Socks and the pro-life organization in Germany called Aktion Lebensrecht<br />

für Alle e.V. (translated: A right to live for everyone) see pages 4 and 5 of issue 3:<br />

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/66852428/<strong>blocked</strong>-3-<strong>final</strong><br />

Send your Welcome Baby knits to: Aktion Lebensrecht für Alle e. V.<br />


• Yarn: DK Weight<br />

Lion Brand Ice Cream (<strong>10</strong>0% Acrylic 3.5 oz/<strong>10</strong>0 g 394 yd/360 m)<br />

Caron Cupcakes (<strong>10</strong>0% Acrylic 3 oz/85 g 244 yd/223 m)<br />

Mandala Baby (<strong>10</strong>0% Acrylic 5.3 oz/150 g 590 yd/540 m)<br />

• US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular, DPNs, or long circular for magic loop<br />

• Gauge in 1x1 rib<br />

30 sts x 34 rnds = 4”x4”<br />

Sizes:<br />

• Newborn<br />

Approx 60-75 yds<br />

Circumference 13-14”<br />

Folded Height 5”<br />

Total Height 6”<br />

• Preemie<br />

Approx 32-78 yds<br />

Circumference <strong>10</strong>-12”<br />

Folded Height 3.5”<br />

Total Height 5”<br />


Cast on 66 (54, 42) sts and join in the round.<br />

Work K1, P1 ribbing for 12 (<strong>10</strong>, 8) rounds.<br />

• Teenie Preemie<br />

Approx 20-30 yds<br />

Circumference 7-<strong>10</strong>”<br />

Folded Height 2.75”<br />

Total Height 4”<br />

Kitzenmarkt 20-22<br />

86150 Augsburg<br />


Please mark your shipment as a gift<br />

so we don’t have to pay customs.<br />

BODY<br />

Round 1: *K3, p3* rep around<br />

Round 2: *K1, p1* rep around<br />

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for a total of 16 (12, 8) times (32, 24, 16 total rounds)<br />

Decreases: (Switch to dpns when there are too few stitches for circular needles if necessary)<br />

Round 1: *K3, p2tog, p1* rep around (55, 45, 35 sts rem)<br />

Round 2: *K1, p1, k1, p2* rep around<br />

Round 3: *K3, p2tog* rep around (44, 36, 28 sts rem)<br />

Round 4: *K1, p1* rep around<br />

Round 5: *K2, p2tog* rep around (33, 27, 21 sts rem)<br />

Round 6: *K1, p2tog* rep around (22, 18, 14 sts rem)<br />

Round 7: *K2togTBL* rep around (11, 9, 7 sts rem)<br />

Teenie Preemie stop here<br />

Round 8: *K2togTBL* 5(4) times, k1 (6, 5 sts rem)<br />

Cut yarn, leaving a 6” tail and use a yarn needle to thread end through remaining stitches. Weave in all ends.<br />

When weaving in cast-on tail, make sure to leave the tail end on the right side of your knitting, so the tail is not<br />

seen when the brim is folded up.<br />


Dear Mr. West<br />

& fellow knitters,<br />

You don’t know me. I’m just a peon in the knitting<br />

world. I’ve only been knitting for <strong>10</strong> years or so, have<br />

a silly little podcast with my sister, and a great group<br />

of knitting friends found in the strangest of circumstances.<br />

I was woefully unaware of who you were until recent<br />

years. I am forever behind on trends, as easily<br />

judged by the simple style of jeans and concert band<br />

t-shirts I’ve been rocking for roughly 30 years. However,<br />

I have a lovely group of knitting friends who<br />

absolutely LOVE your work. So, due to their constant<br />

pressure encouragement, I can now say, I have a<br />

love/hate relationship with your work.<br />

Dear Sir, do not consider this remotely a judgment<br />

of your amazing, lovely, fun personality. You are<br />

an absolute breath of fresh air, and your tutorial videos<br />

are amazing. I am forever using your piece of<br />

advice to “make it work” if you find yourself with an<br />

extra stitch or two. Thanks to you I can now do an i-<br />

cord cast on, and a few other tricks!<br />

But kind sir, I have a question.<br />

Why. Are. There. So. Many. Holes?<br />

I said it. I did. I have tried about four of your patterns<br />

(which I know is a drop in the bucket of your<br />

work, people do not come for me!) I notice a trend of<br />

quite large lacework holes in parts of the patterns.<br />

Large enough for your finger to poke through, or if<br />

you have such proclivities, a nipple slip! I do understand<br />

lacework has its place. I love me a good yarnover<br />

pattern for a small hole. But some of these holes<br />

are a tad excessive. A small child’s hand could fit<br />

through some of these. Some are so large<br />

they might be a portal to another<br />

dimension. How do you wear these<br />

without ripping your work? I<br />

presume others possess<br />

some form of grace that I do<br />

not, because I have visions<br />

of walking through a<br />

room in a rush, catching<br />

my shawl on a<br />

doorknob and as I’m slowly<br />

strangled to death, in my<br />

dying breath, I screech<br />

“Curse you Stephen<br />

West and your holes!”<br />

*end scene*<br />

Mr. West, I can honestly say that is my one and<br />

only complaint thus far about your patterns. Now, I<br />

know some folks are turned off by the vibrant and<br />

sometimes clashing colors you may use. That’s a<br />

“them” problem, not a “you” problem, because if you<br />

as a knitter do not know that you can CHOOSE YOUR<br />

OWN COLORS, well, then you have bigger fish to fry.<br />

So, I can honestly say, “Thank you Mr. West.”<br />

Thanks to my friends relentless badgering, daring,<br />

and spiteful pressure encouragement, I now actually<br />

do enjoy your patterns. I’ve learned to ignore color<br />

choices, perhaps even only choosing 1-2 colors when<br />

you may have 73. I’ve learned that your holes are<br />

easily ignored and modified, and the result will still<br />

be gorgeous. I’ve learned that when you have 3,920<br />

stitches on a <strong>final</strong> row, you better use stitch markers.<br />

I’ve also learned to use small stitch markers so that<br />

they don’t move around by said yarnovers that make<br />

said holes, lest you have holes that don’t line up with<br />

other holes, and now you’re even more mad about<br />

holes. I’ve learned that while many folks LOVE a good<br />

mystery KAL, I do not. I will patiently wait until you<br />

make multiple versions of your crazy but amazing<br />

idea so I can see how everyone else did it, and then,<br />

as you suggest, make it work for me.<br />

Almost every knitter knows who you are, even<br />

those who live under a rock like me. And one thing I<br />

think everyone should learn from you is not to be<br />

afraid. Don’t be afraid to try new things, change up<br />

plans, modify, adjust, choose a different path, and<br />

forge your own path. You won’t make everyone<br />

happy; you aren’t tacos and a margarita.<br />

So, while I will indeed continue to whine,<br />

complain, and argue with my friends about<br />

your designs, I will still try them.<br />

I will keep knitting, and I will<br />

make it work.<br />

Maybe just maybe, if we all had<br />

a little more Stephen West in us,<br />

life would be a little more fun.<br />

©Yo-Yo<br />

Thanks for the designs,<br />

sir! Even the<br />

holey ones.<br />

~~Little Sis<br />







The perfect blanket to knit while solving a crime!<br />

No gauge needed.<br />

Use any weight yarn.<br />

Use any needle size.<br />

Perfect for scraps and odd skeins.<br />


CO 5 sts<br />

Row 1 (WS): Knit<br />

Row 2 (RS): K3, yo, k2<br />

Row 3: K3, yo, k3<br />

Row 4: K3, yo, knit to end<br />

Row 5: K3, yo, purl to last 3 sts, k3<br />

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until blanket is desired width. On next RS row, work row 6.<br />

Row 6: K2, k2tog, yo, ssk, knit to end<br />

Row 7: K2, k2tog, yo, p2tog, purl to last 3 sts, k3<br />

Repeat rows 6 and 7 until 5 sts remain.<br />

BO<br />

Weave in ends and block as needed.<br />

Check out some fun MALs !<br />

Check out the Selbu Mitten Competition on page 32<br />


Bloggers<br />

& Vloggers<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

<strong>10</strong><br />

11<br />

12<br />

13<br />

14<br />

15<br />

16<br />

17<br />

18<br />

Adventures With Yarn - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbFHj9k5Uxc44g1pnlgiQjg<br />

For all the latest drama in the fibre world – Fun, quirky, and full of energy.<br />

Anna Knitter - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkE2h6s400fRkasl6zyX_jg<br />

A podcast about knitting and crocheting with glimpses of a roman-catholic life.<br />

Blocked Magazine - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAY880IYHF8gJ8b-UdEWAxQ<br />

For all the latest drama in the fibre world – including what didn’t make it into the magazine!<br />

Deprogrammed - https://www.youtube.com/c/KeriSmithDeprogrammed/featured<br />

Interviews intended to better understand and make sense of her old belief system, Social Justice ideology. Including those in the crafting community.<br />

Herd knitunity - https://herdknitunity.locals.com/<br />

Shepherd and ‘woolfluencer’, a sheep to sweater kinda gal.<br />

Knitty McPurly - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyIInmPUQGqoohNgUj0Zmow<br />

A virtual saint!<br />

Little Ragamuffin - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaogzXKmOJ9FO8fsjurrEcw/videos<br />

Sewing tutorials of both slow paced and quick speed styles, fun random sewing oddities, Ragamuffin news, and problematic interviews & conversations.<br />

Murder Knits - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbrSeXmJuT0_BglI_pzi1jg<br />

If your children watch, they'll become serial killers!<br />

Politically Incorrect Knitters - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm8CME6h72cFfQ7ZBNGCj5w<br />

Topical, informative, and fun!<br />

Skeinz Diaries - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCswGNOSxnHlPZsQMCC2YHxQ<br />

Take off your ‘gummies’, put your feet up and prepare for a ‘tiki tour’ of yarny goodness!<br />

High Fiber Diet - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzQ4cCawQzD6RDfwLhlZ0hQ/featured<br />

Thick skinned with no “F’s Given!”<br />

Two Sisters & Some Yarn - https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoSistersAndSomeYarn<br />

Two sisters and some yarn – is exactly what it says on the tin!<br />

Wise Owl Knits - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg8N6NhDdKf44_HigLiP4Ug<br />

Knitting Tutorials<br />

ShaunaStitches - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCOfV6wkBgB6288iVQ1V9Ww/videos<br />

Knitting, spinning, crochet, quilting, and many other crafts are shown and discussed.<br />

AStitchInTheSky - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCxq6HphzSbjU2lb7t8c6Ww/videos<br />

Knitting, sewing and all the things in between!<br />

Texas Peach Knits - https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC1zKQy-8XU8stQfmIzqe92w<br />

Knitting, crochet, sewing and all the things in between!<br />

Short Story Long - https://karensshortstorylong.blogspot.com/search/label/Knitting<br />

Knitting, photography, gardening, quilting, life.<br />

Yarn Chicken & Sh1t - https://youtube.com/@Yarn_Chicken_and_Sh1t?si=mWWmLHOJ8vNllAAh<br />

Shootin’ the Sh1t on yarn, chicken, orthodoxy and life<br />


Selbu Mitten Competition<br />

By Uknitted Kingdom<br />

Ever wanted to design your own<br />

pair of fingering weight Selbu-style<br />

mittens but didn’t know where to<br />

start? Well, now is your chance!<br />

Blocked is holding two competitions between<br />

now and the end of the year.<br />

The first competition is to design an original<br />

fair isle, cable, or gansey style pattern onto the graph<br />

templates on pages 33-35.<br />

To do this you can either print off the template<br />

and hand-color the design, or, use design software<br />

such as stitchfiddle, stitch master, or just plain Excel<br />

using the same or similar stitch counts. However you<br />

create your design please ensure any photos/graphs<br />

are clear and show each individual cell/square/color.<br />

You may adapt the design (stitch count, rib style,<br />

etc), but the design must still be a Selbu style mitten.<br />

Please do not send designs for gloves or fingerless<br />

mitts.<br />

Family members and non-knitters are eligible to<br />

enter designs. However, the design must be physically<br />

possible to knit. If designing a fair isle pattern,<br />

please don’t use more than two colors per round or<br />

have huge floats.<br />

Both the left and right mittens must be designed,<br />

whether they match or not.<br />

All submissions will be presented (with names and<br />

identifying features removed) to the Blocked patrons<br />

who will then vote for the winner.<br />

● Competition 1. Design only<br />

● Start date: Now!<br />

● End date: Nov. 30, 2023<br />

● Submit designs and clear photos/graphs to<br />

<strong>blocked</strong>magazine@gmail.com. Please put ‘Mitten 1’ in<br />

the subject line.<br />

● Prize: $25 voucher (Amazon or yarn dyer tbc).<br />

To enter the second competition, you<br />

will need to have submitted a design within the deadline<br />

above. You can knit your own design, or a family<br />

member’s design. You only need to knit one of the<br />

mittens, unless both mittens in the pair are different.<br />

In that case both mittens must be knitted.<br />

Use any fingering weight, sock weight, or 4-ply<br />

yarns.<br />

Please submit clear photos of your knitted<br />

mitten(s). The finished piece will be judged by Liz<br />

Clothier of @lizclothierdesigns.<br />

● Competition 2. Design and finished knitted<br />

mitten<br />

● Start date: Now!<br />

● End date: Dec 31 2023<br />

● Submit designs and clear photos/graphs to<br />

<strong>blocked</strong>magazine@gmail.com. Please put ‘Mitten 2’ in<br />

the subject line.<br />

● Prize: $25 voucher (Amazon or yarn dyer tbc).<br />

X-rated and 18+ designs may be submitted. However,<br />

when publishing the images in the magazine<br />

these will be via a link where readers can choose to<br />

look at them or not. All other entries will be freely<br />

available for readers to view.<br />

By entering this competition you agree to give<br />

Blocked Magazine permission to publish your competition<br />

design(s)/pattern(s), redraft those<br />

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Yarn: approx. 2 x 50g Fingering weight yarns in contrasting<br />

colors. If your design is multi-colored, please be sure to only use<br />

2 colors per round.<br />

By Uknitted Kingdom<br />


One set double-pointed needles, or other needle(s) for working<br />

a small circumference in the round.<br />

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.<br />

Small: US size 1/2.25 mm<br />

Gauge 32 sts = 4”/<strong>10</strong> cm; Mitten circumference 7”/18 cm<br />

Med: US size 2/2.75 mm<br />

28 sts = 4”/<strong>10</strong> cm; Mitten circumference 8”/20.5 cm<br />

Large: US size 3/3.25 mm<br />

26 sts = 4”/<strong>10</strong> cm; Mitten circumference 9”/23.5 cm<br />


Cast on 52 and join in the round.<br />

Follow the chart from the bottom upwards and always right<br />

to left. The grey squares indicate “no stitch” so they do not get<br />

included in your stitch count.<br />

Round 50: Follow the chart to where the red line indicates the<br />

thumb will be. Either put these 12 stitches onto waste yarn or a<br />

stich holder or knit the 12 stitches with waste yarn in a contrast<br />

color. This will be unpicked later to knit the thumb.<br />

Round 118: Pass yarn through the <strong>final</strong> 8 stitches and cinch<br />

firmly. Cut yarn leaving a 6” tail and weave in all ends.<br />

This is a blank template for a pair of Selbu Style mittens. When worn the ribbed cuff is<br />

turned inwards and isn’t seen. Where the cuff turns inwards the decreases and yarn-overs<br />

made on round 16 create a picot style decorative edge.<br />

Thumb 1 Thumb 2<br />


The Red Knot, vol. 3 of the Days of the Guardian Trilogy by D. Marie Prokop<br />


The Golden Spiral<br />

Penuel greeted Jack. The boy didn’t speak. Penuel<br />

had never heard the young man’s voice. He sighed. The<br />

Guardian entrusted him with a mission. He would do his<br />

best.<br />

“Jack, it’s time.”<br />

As Jack looked up, a question filled his eyes. “Time<br />

for what?” they seemed to say.<br />

Penuel offered him a warm and welcoming smile. “It’s<br />

time to explore truth, yes? Come with me.”<br />

Jack followed Penuel out into the garden. They<br />

paused as Penuel bent over and picked up a standard<br />

brown seashell. He held it out for Jack to examine.<br />

“Who owns this seashell?” Penuel asked him. Jack<br />

looked puzzled by the strange question.<br />

“Ah, you’ve taken a vow of silence. Let’s try this, no?<br />

I’ll ask you questions, and you just nod yes or shake no?<br />

Okay?”<br />

Jack nodded.<br />

Penuel began. “Do I own this seashell?”<br />

Jack shrugged, but then shook his head no.<br />

Penuel smiled. “I agree. This seashell isn’t mine. If it<br />

was mine, you would assume I created it, yes?”<br />

Jack nodded this time, following Penuel’s reasoning.<br />

“Okay, here’s the next question—is this seashell<br />

yours?”<br />

Jack again replied no.<br />

Penuel nodded. “Correct, young man. So, it’s not<br />

mine and it’s not yours. Whose is it then, I wonder?”<br />

Jack was silent but pointed his finger to the blue sky.<br />

“What? Does that mean God?”<br />

Jack shrugged and nodded.<br />

“Not sure God exists? I have wrestled with that myself.<br />

Well, let’s suppose God made this seashell. But he’s<br />

not here. I found it, so I can do with it<br />

whatever I please, no? I have free will.”<br />

Penuel cast the seashell to the ground. They both<br />

stared down, watching the chipped seashell ramble<br />

along the walkway. The broken shell <strong>final</strong>ly spun in place<br />

and came to rest. Penuel retrieved it. He pointed to the<br />

conical section on the seashell. “Do you see this shape?”<br />

Jack nodded.<br />

“This is a nautilus, a common shape in nature, also<br />

called a golden spiral. The nautilus is everywhere in the<br />

universe, forming not only this tiny seashell but also the<br />

shape of a galaxy. Must be<br />

coincidence, no? Fate?”<br />

Penuel strolled over to a<br />

raised box filled with sand. He picked up a rake<br />

with tines that were close together on one end and grew<br />

gradually wider toward the opposite end. He used the<br />

funny-looking rake to draw a spiral in the sand.<br />

“Looks familiar, yes?” Penuel asked Jack. Jack nodded.<br />

The spiral mirrored the seashell, the nautilus shape.<br />

“Let us count the number of spirals. You can count,<br />

yes?”<br />

Jack’s holo-education ended two years ago. He<br />

hadn’t had to think about mathematics for a while.<br />

Luckily, Jack could count. Many of his friends back in Sector<br />

One could not. Jack wondered if Penuel had ever<br />

been a math teacher in whatever country he was from.<br />

His accent was unique.<br />

“Thirteen, yes? That’s bad luck, no? Silly superstitious<br />

nonsense. Nature maybe likes some numbers more than<br />

others, no? Take the number thirteen. There’s a mathematical<br />

phenomenon found all throughout the universe<br />

called the Fibonacci sequence. Each number of the<br />

sequence is the sum of the two previous numbers. I’ll<br />

show you.”<br />

Penuel used his finger to write numbers and calculations<br />

in the sand.<br />

“0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 . . . Yes?”<br />

Jack followed Penuel’s explanation, nodding slowly.<br />

He wondered where this was going.<br />

Penuel continued, “This sequence makes sense, but<br />

it’s mysterious, too. It’s found in science, mathematics,<br />

and art. But why? No one knows! The Fibonacci<br />

sequence is fate, destiny... or rather, an inexplicable design.<br />

We can do what we want with the shell. I can throw<br />

it to the ground and break it, no? This is free will. I can<br />

destroy or cherish what God has designed.”<br />

A mature understanding crossed Jack’s young face.<br />

The teenager had experienced much in his short life. Penuel<br />

felt empathy for him. He continued his lesson, wanting<br />

this spiritual examination to deliver hope.<br />

“Free will can cause much pain, no? It’s frustrating.<br />

Are you angry at the Guardian for asking you to take on<br />

this burden, for letting you look like a traitor?”<br />

Jack picked up the seashell. The intricate, yet simple<br />


Red Knot Continued...<br />

beauty glowed, despite the fracture. He tucked the broken<br />

shell into his pocket.<br />

“I trust her,” he whispered.<br />

Penuel smiled inquisitively and patted the boy’s head.<br />

They walked on the path toward the ocean accompanied<br />

by the faint sound of waves crashing in the distance.<br />

“No one believes you, Jack, yes? But you told the truth.<br />

The Guardian commanded you to deliver the serum to the<br />

E.C.C.O. agent. It was all part of her plan. Thank you for<br />

being obedient and maintaining your silence. You are special,<br />

like the golden spiral.”<br />

“I heard her voice. Like a dream—b-but real. No one will<br />

ever believe me,” Jack croaked, his voice hoarse from lack<br />

of use.<br />

“Ah, maybe not yet. The Guardian cherishes free will.<br />

It’s admirable, and in some ways, incomprehensible, yes?<br />

Like God, she lets us choose. I think she enjoys the tension,<br />

no?” Penuel and Jack were now walking along the<br />

beach.<br />

“Maybe.”<br />

“Can you tell me about what happened, Jack?”<br />

Jack cleared his throat. It seemed he couldn’t stop talking<br />

now that he’d started again. “It was strange. I was<br />

alone in my cabin when I heard a voice, but no one was<br />

there. It was like when Ainsling cloaked us. We were all invisible,<br />

but we heard each other.”<br />

Penuel stroked his chin, awed by the tale. Jack met his<br />

eyes. “The voice said to walk down the hall. It told me<br />

every turn to make and which doors to enter. When it<br />

whispered the combination of the lock, I opened it and<br />

took one bottle of serum from the case, as instructed. It<br />

was all so easy. I trusted the voice completely.”<br />

“Did she mention your sister, Sara?”<br />

“Yes. The first thing she said was, “I’m the Guardian.<br />

Your sister is safe. Will you help me?’”<br />

“That felt good, yes?”<br />

“Yes.” Jack fell silent.<br />

“There is more, yes?”<br />

“Well, I never told anyone about this. But the Guardian<br />

knew all about my first mission. One of the people we<br />

were sent to rescue died. I always blamed myself. She was<br />

so close—I should have saved her. But the Guardian assured<br />

me Maria’s death wasn’t my fault. No one else knew<br />

how guilty I felt about it. She said she understood like<br />

she’d experienced the same thing once. When she asked<br />

me not to tell the others that she spoke to me, I promised I<br />

wouldn’t.”<br />

“The Guardian believes in you. She understands your<br />

pain.”<br />

“I think that’s true. I don’t know how to explain it. But<br />

after talking with her, I felt free. I wanted to do what she<br />

asked. I haven’t spoken since then ‘til now.”<br />

“You were no longer alone, yes?”<br />

“Yes.”<br />

“Ah, I’m glad. The Guardian trusted you and you<br />

proved yourself a faithful servant.”<br />

“Was what I did that great? I mean, they all think I’m a<br />

traitor. Maybe I should have told them about hearing the<br />

Guardian’s voice?”<br />

“No, Jack, you did the right thing—you did what the<br />

Guardian asked. You kept your promise. I’m sure it wasn’t<br />

easy, yes? Not everyone is ready to hear her voice. You<br />

were ready. Liang will be ready soon. And the Guardian<br />

will speak again,” the man smiled wistfully.<br />

“Can I have some water?” Jack asked, his voice still<br />

warbled. Penuel handed him a bottle of water from his<br />

knapsack and chuckled as Jack took a few sips and then<br />

poured the rest of it over his head, like a self-baptism. Jack<br />

shook his head like a dog, sending water everywhere.<br />

The morning wind picked up. Soon it blew strong, lifting<br />

Jack’s damp hair straight up. The boy scanned the sky<br />

for storm clouds, but something in the ocean distracted<br />

him.<br />

He pointed.<br />

“Penuel—look—a ship!”<br />

Penuel followed Jack’s finger and joined him in staring<br />

at a spot of brown bouncing on the ocean’s horizon. Penuel<br />

sighed.<br />

“At last. They’re coming.”<br />

Jack raised an eyebrow at Penuel. He asked the obvious.<br />

“Who’s coming?”<br />

Penuel gulped the salty ocean air and replied, “Come,<br />

we must inform Elizabeth. The island is about to fill with<br />

people. There’s a lot to do! You are a hard worker, yes?”<br />

“I’m free. Put me to work.”<br />

The young man inspired Penuel, like a breath of fresh<br />

air. He inwardly thanked God that the Guardian asked him<br />

to speak with Jack on her behalf. He had wrestled with the<br />

dichotomy of free will and fate long enough. Talking with<br />

this faithful child ground every bit of his doubt to sand.<br />

They turned back toward the cottage to find Elizabeth.<br />

They found her perched at the top of the stairs as they<br />

reached the end of their climb. She exchanged a meaningful<br />

look with Penuel, their dark eyes exchanging both<br />

concern and hope. Jack couldn’t restrain his excitement.<br />

He spoke out coarsely but exuberantly, “We saw a ship!”<br />

Elizabeth’s eyebrows rose at hearing Jack’s rough<br />

voice.<br />

“Thank you, Jack,” she said, smiling. She turned to Penuel.<br />

“May I speak to you in private for a moment?”<br />

Jack excused himself and watched from a window inside<br />

the cottage as Penuel and Elizabeth had an animated<br />

conversation.<br />

He wrapped his hand around the seashell in his<br />

pocket.<br />



SHAWLS<br />

By Uknitted Kingdom<br />

In the first of a new series of “recipes” we’ll be<br />

showing you how to create basic shawl shapes.<br />

These will not necessarily include row by row instructions,<br />

but brief directions about where to increase<br />

and decrease to obtain a particular shape.<br />

Use any yarn with needles appropriate for the<br />

drape you prefer.<br />

Increases and decreases:<br />

Use whichever increase and decrease methods<br />

you prefer.<br />

For a symmetrical appearance use mirrored increases<br />

and decreases.<br />

Generally, you will be able to move the placement<br />

of any increase or decrease to the left or to the<br />

right by a couple of stitches and still achieve the<br />

same shape. Many designers choose to use increases<br />

and decreases on the inside of a simple or patterned<br />

selvedge, or garter or I-cord edging. For example,<br />

you may choose to knit 3 stitches in garter before<br />

making your right-hand increase or decrease, and 3<br />

stitches in garter after making left hand increase or<br />

decrease.<br />

Using yarn overs creates a<br />

decorative increase. However, if<br />

you want the decreases to match<br />

you will have to use a yarn over<br />

preceded or followed by a decrease.<br />

Any of these recipes could be<br />

used to create a blanket, either<br />

smaller squares joined together,<br />

or one large square.<br />

The simplest of all methods is<br />

the basic garter stitch square.<br />

For a square without any<br />

increases or decreases:<br />

Cast on the desired number<br />

of stitches and knit in garter stitch<br />

until the length matches the<br />

width.<br />

For a square shaped diagonally:<br />

Cast on 1 stitch.<br />

Increase at the beginning of every row in garter<br />

stitch until the desired width is reached.<br />

Bind off when the square is the required size.<br />

Decrease at the end of each row in garter stitch<br />

until you have only one stitch left.<br />

These 2 recipes form the center of traditional hap<br />

designs.<br />

For a mitered square:<br />

Cast on an odd number of stitches. This will be<br />

the bottom two edges of your diagonally shaped<br />

square.<br />

Make a central double decrease using the center<br />

3 stitches on every other row, continue in garter stitch<br />

until the last 3 stitches and tie off with a central double<br />

decrease.<br />

An example of this square is shown in more detail<br />

in the “Golden Ratio Cowl” on page 15.<br />

Or Cast on an even number of<br />

stitches. Place a marker in the center of<br />

the stitches.<br />

On every row of garter stitch, knit<br />

until two stitches before the marker.<br />

Make a single decrease, SM, knit to the<br />

end of row.<br />

When you are left with the <strong>final</strong> 2<br />

stitches, knit them together to bind off.<br />

Or:<br />

Cast on 1 stitch. Increase by 2 stitches<br />

(3 sts in total). Place a marker on either<br />

side of the center stitch.<br />

RS rows: Knit to marker, increase, slip<br />

marker, k1, slip marker, increase, knit to<br />

end of row<br />

WS rows: Knit<br />

Bind off when the square is the required<br />

size.<br />

For center-out squares:<br />

Center-out squares are knitting inthe-round,<br />

and therefore well suited to<br />

stockinette stitch patterns.<br />


CO 8 stitches. Join in the round.<br />

Round 1: (K1, increase 1) 4X (16 sts)<br />

Round 2: Knit (dividing 4 sts onto each DPN)<br />

Round 3: (K1, increase, knit to end<br />

of DPN) 4X (24 sts)<br />

Round 4: Knit<br />

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until your<br />

square is the required size. If you<br />

need to switch to a circular needle<br />

place 4 markers to indicate where the<br />

stitches were on the DPNs. Bind off.<br />

For outside-in square:<br />

Outside-in squares are also<br />

knitted in the round, and therefore<br />

well suited to stockinette patterns.<br />

Cast on any number of stitches divisible<br />

by 4. Join in the round.<br />

Place 4 markers evenly spaced<br />

around. For example, if you cast on<br />

400 stitches, place a marker every<br />

<strong>10</strong>0 stitches.<br />

Round 1: (K1, decrease 1, knit to<br />

marker, slip marker) 4X<br />

Round 2: Knit.<br />

(You will need to switch from a circular<br />

needle to DPNs when the<br />

stitches become sparse.)<br />

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you<br />

have 8 stitches remaining. Decrease<br />

x4 and cinch the remaining 4 stitches<br />

together.<br />

markers in the first round, take 12 away from your<br />

total stitch number. Divide this number by 4. This<br />

number equals Z.<br />

Round 1: (KZ, place marker, knit<br />

3, place marker) 4X<br />

Round 2: (Knit to marker, slip<br />

marker, central double<br />

decrease, slip marker) 4X<br />

Round 3: Knit<br />

(You will need to switch from a circular<br />

needle to DPNs when the<br />

stitches become sparse.)<br />

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you<br />

have 4 stitches remaining. Cinch<br />

these stitches together to bind off.<br />

Next issue: Triangular shawls<br />

Alternatively:<br />

Cast on any number of stitches divisible<br />

by 4 plus 12 (example, 412<br />

sts). Join in the round.<br />

To calculate the number of<br />

stitches needed between 8 stitch<br />


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