Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Picture of Grace

Last Sunday's sermon was on the Prodigal Son. The pastor made the point that this story is not so much the story of the rebellious son as it is the story of the grace of the father. (Luke 15:11-32). We have a Father just like that - God. Grace is the undeserved mercy and love of our Father. It is also what we can show a world that is hungry for love and acceptance.

Any talk of a son brings to mind my son - who is not rebellious or prodigal! He is funny, smart, and an extremely talented photographer. The other day he was getting ready for a trip to New York (it is February) - and he hates cold weather. So he asked me to knit him something to stay warm. (The shock is that I have been knitting for several years and he once said that there was nothing I could ever knit that he would ever wear! Now he wants something. . .) I had a pattern for a quick chunky knitted hat and this is a picture of Chris in New York in his hat. Here is the pattern:

For an adult male hat: 100 gm ball Chunky Yarn - I use Lion Brand chunky wool
US size 15 needles (round and straight)

CO 8 stitches
Row 1: Purl across Row 2: kfb into each stitch across (16 stitches)
Row 3: Purl across Row 4: (k1, kfb) across (24 stitches)
Row 5: Purl across Row 6: (k2, kfb) across (32 stitches)
Row 7: Purl across Row 8:(k3, kfb) across (40 stitches)
Row 9: Purl across Row 10: (k4, kfb) across (48 stitches)
Row 11: Purl across Work even in stockinette stitch for 5". Work one more inch in 2x2 ribbing. Bind Off.

On this hat, I used up some stash yarn, hence the two color stripes. It is a great stash pattern.
Because I am not comfortable seaming knitted pieces, I use a circular needle and when I get to 48 stitches I join and knit the rest in the round. To finish I only have a small seam near the crown to stitch together. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Neat blog! And I love the pic of Chris in New York in your wonderful toboggan! Thanks for letting me peek in! (I also love my beautiful prayer shawl from your loving hands!)

Catherine Harvey said...

I'm so glad everyone in the family has one of your beautiful knitted creations. Keep them coming! Maybe your next job can be teaching knitting classes. I like how you add the scripture- it is so refreshing to see!

A few years back, knitting became a simple craft that became a passion. From scarves to much more complicated patterns, knitting is a way to decompress after a day at work, a way to express my creative side, and a way to give part of myself through knitted gifts. I hope you enjoy this blog!