It probably won't surprise you, given that I'm a librarian, that I have lots of friends who read. In fact, I am lucky in that I have lots of friends who read who are also fans of handmade gifts. For his birthday, we gave J A Canticle for Leibowitz (fabulous postapocalyptic SF from the 1950s) and this bookmark, that I made from a small amount of a skein of MicroSpun. Bookmarks are a fun gift to make for readers - because after they are done reading the book you give, they can still use the bookmark and think of you!
The tricky part of this pattern is trusting that when you drop the slipped stitches that they won't mysteriously run down your fabric. They won't, I promise. Just be gentle and hope the dog doesn't suddenly want to play at that precise moment. The pattern is from Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury, and you know she wouldn't lead you astray.
When you slip stitches, always slip to purl, with the yarn held at the wrong side of the fabric - wyif means "with yarn in front" and wyib means (with yarn in back).
Finished dimensions: Approx. 2in by 8in (5cm x 20cm)
Gauge: not particularly important; you want it to be firm and not too drapey
1 (partial) skein Lion Brand MicroSpun (2.5oz [70g] to 168yd [154m]) 100% acrylic. Color: Lilac US 3 (3.25mm) needles
Cast on 17 stitches.
Knit all stitches for 2 rows.
Pattern rows 1, 3, 5 (wrong side): K1; P3; K2; P5; K2; P3; K1
Pattern rows 2, 4, 6: K all stitches
Pattern rows 7 & 9: K3; (Sl1 wyif; K2; Sl1 wyif; K3) twice
Pattern row 8: K3; (Sl1 wyib; K2 Sl1 wyib; K3) twice
Pattern row 10: K3; (drop first slipped stitch off needle to front of work; slip next two stitches to right hand needle; drop second slipped stitch off needle to front of work; pick up first dropped stitch on left hand needle; slip the middle two stitches back to left needle; pick up second dropped stitch and replace on left needle; K7) twice
Repeat this complete pattern seven times, then work rows 1-6 once more.
Knit all stitches for 2 rows
Weave in ends.
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