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Friday, November 20, 2009


Skill level: Intermediate
SIZEApproximately 4” across (cuff to cuff) x 3” high
MATERIALS1 Ball BERROCO COMFORT DK (50 grs), #2721 SprigStraight knitting needles, size 6 (4.00 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE1 Set (4) double pointed knitting needles, size 4 (3.50 mm)Crochet hook, size 3.75 mm (F-5)Cable needle (cn)1 St marker
GAUGE22 sts = 4”; 32 rows = 4” in St st on larger needlesTO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE
NOTEBody of sweater is worked in one piece from lower front edge to lower back edge. Sleeves are then picked up and worked down to cuffs.
LT4KSl 3 sts to cn and hold in FRONT, k1, k3 from cn
RT4KSl 1 st to cn and hold in BACK, k3, k1 from cn
LT4PSl 3 sts to cn and hold in BACK, p1, p3 from cn
RT4PSl 1 st to cn and hold in FRONT, p3, p1 from cn
CB6Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in BACK, k3, k3 from cn
BODYFront: With straight needles, cast on 18 sts. Beg on WS, knit 2 rows, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row, end on WS.
Cable Pat: Row 1 (RS): K1, LT4K, k8, RT4K, k1.
Row 2: P2, LT4P, p6, RT4P, p2.
Row 3: K3, LT4K, k4, RT4K, k3.
Row 4: P4, LT4P, p2, RT4P, p4.
Row 5: K5, LT4K, RT4P, k5.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K6, CB6, k6.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: Rep Row 7.
Row 10: P5, RT4P, LT4P, p5.
Row 11: K4, RT4K, k2, LT4K, k4.
Row 12: P3 RT4P, p4, LT4P, p3.
Shape Neck: Row 13 (RS): K2, RT4K, bind off 6 sts, sl st remaining on needle back to LH needle, LT4K, k2.
Back: Row 14: P2, p2 tog, p2, cast on 7 sts, p2, p2 tog, p2 – 17 sts.
Row 15: K5, p7, k5.
Row 16: P5, k7, p5. Rep Rows 15 and 16 until back measures same as front, end on Row WS. Knit 1 rows. Bind off. Measure down 1” from neck on each side of back and front and mark for armholes.
With RS facing, using straight needles, pick up and k11 sts between markers. Beg with a p row, work even in St st for 1¼”, end on RS. Knit 1 row on WS. Bind off knitwise.
Turtleneck: With RS facing, using dpn’s, beg at center back neck, pick up and k15 sts around entire neck. Divide sts evenly on 3 dpn’s. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up. Knit 10 rnds. Bind off. Fold sweater in half and sew side and sleeve seams. Fold back sleeve cuffs ¼” to RS.
Belt: With crochet hook, make a chain 6” long. Fasten off. Starting at front, thread belt under center knot of cable. Even out so that there is an even length of belt on each side of cable. Thread ends of belt from RS to WS at side seams, then from WS to RS at each side of Reverse St st panel in center of back. Tie ends of belt tog in center.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Sample Temari Ball Steps:
foam ball 2-1/2 inches to three inches in diameter
polyester fiberfill batting
fine weight colored yarn
sewing thread - medium spool color to match yarn
DMC Pearl Cotton #5 in selected colors
gold or silver metallic thread
colored glass-headed pins
needles: yarn darners #18, 2-1/4-inch long with large eye
paper strips - 1 per ball, cut to measure 3/8-inch wide (paper cutter and 20 lb. bond copier paper work best)
1. Cut two pieces of batting in 3" x 6" rectangles.
2. Place the rectangles on the foam ball so that their interlocking fit resembles the two pieces of a baseball cover that is sewn together.

3. Pin the batting in place and trim the corners of the rectangular pieces (figure A).
4. Randomly wrap enough colored yarn around the ball to cover the white color of the batting (figure A). Remove the pins.

5. Wrap random colors of sewing thread around the ball to cover the yarn. Stitch the ends of the thread into the ball.
6. Visually divide the ball into North and South hemispheres (figure B).

Measuring is the key to successfully dividing the ball. Anywhere on the ball, place a white pin on the spot where you want the North Pole to be.
7. Use the white pin at the North Pole to attach the end of a paper strip, folded to a 3/8-inch width, to the ball.
8. Wrap the paper strip around the middle of the ball so that the strip passes over the South Pole and ends at the North Pole (figure C). To obtain an accurate measurement of the circumference of the ball, repeat this step at several different longitudes. Stick the pin at the very tip of the paper, as indicated.
9. When you are satisfied with your measurement, cut off any excess paper on the strip, so that both ends meet exactly at the North Pole when the strip is wrapped around the ball.
10. With one end still attached to the North Pole, crease the strip in half. In other words, make a fold in the paper where it passes over the South Pole.
11. With scissors, place a tiny notch in the fold (figure D).

12. To find the best location for the South Pole on your ball, wrap the strip around the ball, and place a black pin at the notch you made in step 11. Check the pin placement by wrapping the strip around the ball at several different longitudes. Adjust the location of the black pin as needed. Be patient.
13. To find the Obi Line (i.e., the equator), fold the paper strip in half, and then halve it again (figure E).
14. With scissors, place a tiny notch in the fold.
15. Wrap the strip around the ball again, and place pins around the ball at the notches you made in Step 14 to delineate the equator.
16. Insert another white pin at the North Pole. Remove the first pin and the paper strip.
17. Fold the strip again, but this time in eighths. To do this, simply fold the strip in half three consecutive times.
18. With scissors, place a tiny notch in the fold.
19. Attach one end of the strip to the middle of the ball under one of the pins at the Equator (figure F).

20. Wrap the strip around the equator and attach it to the ball, with the equator pin opposite your beginning point.
21. Using your paper as your guide, create an even line around the ball by placing a pin at each eighth notch on the strip.
22. Using the pins as alignment and spacing guides, wrap metallic threads around the ball to create divisions (figure G).

Division threads are attached to the ball where they initially attach to the ball and where they end on the ball. They divide the ball into eight equal vertical sections resembling those of an orange.
23. Measure four wraps of thread around the circumference of the ball.
24. Thread your needle, and knot the thread's end.
25. Enter the needle at the North Pole pin.
26. Using the pins around the equator and the pin at the South Pole as guides, wrap the string around the ball four times so that you've created eight identical divisions around the ball.
27. Stitch the end of the thread into the North Pole.
28. Tack the North and South Pole intersections in place after you have created the sections.
29. Sewing an Obi Line around the equator will keep the eight longitudinal lines in place. Cut a length of thread that is three times the diameter of the ball. This is easily measured by wrapping the thread around the circumference of the ball three times.
30. Thread your needle, knot the thread's end, and sew the beginning of the thread into the ball at one of the pins delineating the equator.
31. Using the equator pins as your guide, wrap the thread once around the ball in a straight line.
32. Wrap the thread around the ball in the same fashion again, but this time, tack down the longitudinal lines from under the ball's surface at each place that they intersect the equator.
33. Repeat Step 31 with the remaining thread, and stitch the end of the thread into the ball at the point where it was first inserted into the ball.
34. Now you are ready to create adesign. One basic stitch will create most of your design. The basic stitch can take many shapes, a square, a zigzag, a triangle or a circle, just by changing its direction (figure H).

Most of the patterns are variations of the basic stitch. Because you're sewing on a ball and the surface threads are random, you can go in any direction. You are not limited to up-and-down , side-to-side or flat embroidery stitches (figure I).

35. Use colored pins to divide the lines again when you establish your pattern stitches.
36. Use a long needle to reach under the ball's surface. The needle must have a large eye to accommodate large thread: Pearl Cotton #5 and the metallic gold or silver thread that creates the design.
37. Apply layers of thread shapes using numerical order. Keep track of where you are by pinning little numbered tabs to the ball. These will keep you going in the right direction. It's as easy as following the dots!
38. There are simple tricks that guide threads: little gates to cross through or paper bridges to cross under or over (figure J).

Only three basic divisions make all the patterns: 1) the North Pole/South Pole/equator division, 2) a division that applies the six square sides of a cube, and 3) a division that applies pentagons. With these three divisions and the basic stitch, thousands of patterns have evolved. After a few basic lessons, you can begin to create your own patterns with your own colors. The combinations are endless.