|Ask Gertrude: Stop! Gerty Time!
This week Gertrude turns her cotton wool sharp mind to some questions posed on her blog.
Could you please help as I am trying to knit a hooded scarf for the first time and there is a piece which I am not sure what it means.
K9, P4, wrap 4, P2, [K1, P1] (4), K1, P2, wrap 4, P4, K9
I know the basics of knitting but do not understand wrap 4, could you please help me.
My dear Kim, wrapping is a skill which eludes many knitters, even the more advanced. And I can indeed give guidance.
You want to learn how to wrap? Well, you hip-hop, and you don't stop. However, I'm not entirely sure how that fits into your hooded scarf. Is it a hoodie scarf? Are you going to wrap in your hoodie? Are you mocking old auntie Gerty with your modern music and new-fangled clothing? I am outraged, I tell you! Different sort of wrap?! Don't believe you!
My advice to you my dear is to simply abandon this foolish musical neckwear endeavour and make a proper hat. You'll never get into Bluewater with your hoodie.
I have been searching the Internet for a solution to my problem and after many days I came across your web page. Can you help me, please? I have been struggling with this question for weeks and I am just about ready to abandon the sweater I am making.
I have been stumped about how to shape the neck on a ribbed raglan sweater. I am so confused I am not even sure how to ask the question so I hope you can help me.
As I reached the instructions for shaping the neck I had 54 stitches on the needle. Here are the instructions to shape the neck:
1. K2, ssk, pat across 10 stitches (neck edge). Turn.
Work back as follows: Dec 1 stitch @ neck edge on next 4 rows.
AT SAME TIME: Dec 1 stitch @ raglan edge as B4 on following alternating rows. 5 stitches remain.
Can you tell me row-by-row how to decrease in the pattern and which decrease stitches to use for the correct slant? I am enclosing a copy of the pattern so that you will know the pattern I have worked in.
Ah, Judy, I see they have sent me a second knitting query this week. Do those Stitchettes not understand that my role is to provide their moral compass and lessons in life for you all.
I can't knit! I don't even have hands! How do they think I can work out these difficult technical questions?! I HAVE NO FINGERS TO COUNT YOUR DECREASES ON!
Do they expect me to do everything for them? I don't have any blood, sweat or tears to give, I'd like to point out. Just my warm, acrylic heart.
They keep my in a cupboard, you know! In a plastic bag. And the Battenberg is stale and it's all Tesco Value gin.
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES GERTY A YARN BARF. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES GERTY A YARN BARF. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES GERTY A YARN BARF. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES GERTY A YARN BARF. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES GERTY A YARN BARF.
Stitchette edit: Oh dear, Gerty seems to be having a bit of a turn...
We'll put her back in her bag, we mean cage, no room, definitely a room, with a nice bottle of Gordon's and some fresh Battenburg. She'll be back on top form to help again next week.
In the meantime, Kim – you may find some useful information on wrapping stitches in the sites listed in our guide to Knitting Help on the Net .
Judy, you may also find something useful there, but our quick tip to you right now is that a pad of squared paper is very useful for drawing out complicated decreases and yes, the maths does work for your pattern.
See this question and others that didn’t make the newsletter on Gerty’s blog.