Some dear friends (and surrogate local parents) are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend. They're having a bash! And... they're craft-friendly people - in fact, V is one of the most talented knitters and seamstresses I know. She used to knit the most beautiful fair isle sweaters for her whole family EVERY YEAR, and was the queen of smocking. Have you ever been picked up over the head of someone who is 6'8"? I have - and I was a teenager at the time. B used to be the adult male roles in my ballet performances! They love the mountains, music, good food, fellowship, and Dairy Queen. Better people are not to be found.
In honor of their 40 years together, I knit them this bowl/platter. From one edge to another there are 40 "tree rings" in the bottom, one for each year of their marriage. I can imagine it holding little toys and things for their grandchildren - biological and "spare".
Finished dimensions: 12in diameter by 1.5in tall (30cm by 4cm) Please note: This has very shallow sides as written; you may wish to lengthen them to get more of a bowl and less of a platter look.
Gauge: not important; whatever you're comfortable with (I tend to knit loosely; you may want to go up a needle size if you're a tight knitter).
1 skein Patons Classic Merino Wool (100% wool), Colorway: Dark Natural Mix [3.50oz/100g to 223yd/205m]
US 9 (5.5mm) circular needles, 24in long, plus either one more circular needle or a set of double pointed needles, all in same size
10 stitch markers (Note: I used small lengths of cotton yarn tied into loops, rather than "official" markers)
Cast on 5 stitches. Join for knitting in the round, and place first marker to denote beginning of row.
Row 1: Knit in front and back of each stitch [Kf&b] (10 sts).
Row 2 and all even rows: Knit all stitches.
Row 3: (Kf&b; place marker) 10 times (20 sts)
Row 5: (Kf&b; K1) 10 times (30 sts)
Row 7: (Kf&b; K2) 10 times (40 sts)
The general idea is that you will knit in the front and back of the first stitch after the marker, then knit to the next marker, and repeat. Continue working this pattern until there are 200 stitches (20 stitches between each marker).
When you have reached the 200 stitches mark, stop increasing and work in knit for 10 more rows. This forms the shallow sides to the bowl. If you wish to have a deeper bowl, keep working in knit until it's a bit deeper than your desired post-felting depth.
Bind off all stitches VERY LOOSELY using a 3-stitch I-cord bindoff. You may want to go up a needle size on this one. Instructions for doing an attached I-cord abound; I used this video from Knitting at Knoon.
Weave in ends.
Felt in the washer to desired size/density.
Note: This is not a platter that will support weight while carrying. It's mainly for putting stuff in when it's already on the table. You could try a version with the yarn doubled for more stiffness.
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