Dropped (or Extended) Stitch
It's that time of year again to start making teacher's gifts. For my high school son, this isn't an issue, but for my middle-school daughter, individual teacher's gifts are still something that she would like to give and her teachers have been a wonderful group of mentors during this year of transition. During my recent spree at the fiber arts festival, I came across Acker's Acres Angora. The hanks of angora came in a rainbow of colors and the texture of the yarns were scrumptious.
I went around the stall several times before settling on two colors for two specific teachers. One color I named Blush and with this I want to make Fascinate. It's a simple pattern but what makes it so interesting and special is the dropped stitch. The dropped (or extended) stitch is made by a repeat of knit 1, yo twice, on one row. In the next row, you knit and then drop the yos. Like the cobblestone stitch, it feels counter-intuitive (we knitters don't like to drop our stitches) but once you see the result of this stitch, it's addictive. Also, wearing a scarf or shawl in this stitch feels light and airy against the skin.
|(Angora in Blush)|
I'm looking forward to making this teacher's gift - she has been a real inspiration to M. And I know I'm going to love the pattern and working with this angora. Joy!