Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Outlander - A Marriage of Passions
Looking through my yarn, I saw I had two skeins of a mohair blend. The yarn is a mix of deep purple, reminding me of Scottish heather, greens of the hills and the gray of the mist with a gold metallic thread mixed in, which is hard to see in the photographs. When I looked up the yarn on-line, not having bought it myself but having acquired it as part of a large stash I'd acquired, I found the colour name is...what else..."Scottish Meadows."
It immediately made me think of "Outlander," the first book in the series by Diana Gabaldon of which I am an admitted fan. Okay, maybe not so much the most recent book, "An Echo in the Bone," my issues with which would be separate subject entirely.
Only having two skeins, or 180 yards, I was limited as to what I could make but finally decided on a small moebius. This seemed particularly appropriate as even Gabaldon talks about situations in her books wherein there is a "Moebius twist of fate" (See The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon, p. 337 HC edition). So here you are, my pattern for
SCOTTISH MEADOWS (OUTLANDER) MOEBIUS
Yarn: Mohair blend, or yarn of your choice, 180 yds.
I used 2 skeins of Trendsetter Yarns; Dune in Scottish Meadows (93), 90 yds/skein
Hook: 9 mm (N/M) hook,
Size: 4" wide x 36" circumference
Time: 4-5 hours
Base: Ch an even number until you reach your desired length; I did 140.
Join chain together with a SS being very careful that the chain is flat and has not turned.
Row 1: Chain 3 in same stitch as join, DC in each Ch thereafter, leaving last Ch unworked.
Row 2: Turn the work and stitch DC on the other side of the base chain until you reach the first Ch 3 and the unworked Ch. Skip the unworked Ch and join to the top of the Ch 3 with a SS.
Because the turn creates a twist in your piece, it will look as though you've done two rows as you've working both sides of the base chain. The twist will be more pronounces as you work more rows.
Row 3 and each subsequent rows: Ch 3 and turn. DC in the open space between the DC of previous row. When you get back to the beginning Ch 3, join with SS and turn.
Continue until the piece is the width you desire. You may end with a row of SS, if desired.
My piece is 4" wide which is enough for a (1) draped accessory, (2) can be looped for a neck warmer, or (3) looped with one piece pulled up for an ear warmer.
Feel free to make your own version, but please, don't sell the pattern.