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Meeting THIS WEDNESDAY, October 13, at 4:30 at Meadows

 

Hi all,

It's bear month! Come and learn how to knit these sweet stuffed bears. Meeting THIS WEDNESDAY (sorry for the late notice) at the Boulder Library Meadows branch meeting room from 4:30-6:00. You will need to bring worsted weight acrylic yarn and US 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4 mm) double point needles. People usually choose something neutral - white, cream, brown, or gray - for the bear and go colorful with the sweater, but you can use whatever colors you like. 

Hard copies of the pattern will be available. Experienced bear knitters will be there to help. You're not required to make a bear! It's a fun challenge and a popular project, but if you prefer, you can always make a simple hat - it's starting to get cold and hats are always needed. 

Hope you can make it! And here's a super simple backup hat pattern that works in bulky weight or doubled worsted weight with US 10 or 10.5 (6 or 6.5 mm) needles. It's nice and warm and knits up fast. This is an easy one to knit on straights and seam up - let me know in the comments if you want directions for that.

BACKUP BULKY HAT:

  • Cast on 56 stitches with bulky weight or doubled worsted weight yarn and join to knit in round.
  • Work in K1, P1 rib for 1.5 inches.
  • Switch to stockinette stitch (knit all stitches) and work until hat measures 5.5 inches from cast on.
  • Next round: knit around, putting a marker every 14 stitches.
  • Decreases (switch to double points when needed):
    • Round 1: (SSK, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, slip marker) 4 times.
    • Round 2: knit around.
    • Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 32 stitches left.
    • Then repeat round 1 until there are 8 stitches left. 
    • Cut yarn and thread through stitches. Sew in ends.

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