The sky is a blanket of grey, the temperature has dropped to 63 degrees, and golden leaves are carried with the wind. Our neighbor who sweeps the leaves daily is a very kind little old woman who has lived in our complex for over 40 years. And amusingly, I hear her cursing under her breath as she bends down to pick up another leaf that has fallen after she swept the area. Her frustration makes me smile because this gorgeous season is unrelenting in pure messiness, while this old woman works so hard to keep the apartment complex and curbside pristine! It has crossed my mind to send Evie out there with a broom and dustpan to keep her leaf piles smaller, and lighten her work load.
A gentle breeze passes through the open window where I sit. It feels good to breathe in fresh air, especially when I sit to write, or knit for a few hours indoors. I found two untouched skeins of worsted yarn in my stash– one in black, and one in beige; two colors I feel that I must always have in stock for projects. Black is so classy and never retires no matter what season or era we are in, and the many variations of beige (nude) can be the most complimenting color to tone down vibrant hues. I feel that it also causes the darker colors to be courageously bold and intense.
I love to incorporate the seed stitch into my personal projects. Each raised purl gives it texture and dimension; appearing like scattered seeds–hence, the seed stitch. You start with casting on an odd number of stitches, and then *knit 1, purl 1* repeat to end of row. On subsequent rows, you will knit the purls and purl the knits. The key is knowing the difference between both stitches, just in case you need to put down your knitting needles to get a second cup of tea and come back to it. I have unraveled so many partially knitted projects due to sudden interruptions, and its not as simple to undo as a crocheted piece. But it is through every mistake that I have learned something new as a knitter.
I’ve been wanting to write an easy turban pattern to share ever since our stroll around Balboa Park last week. Several strangers passing by had whispered compliments into my ear about it. That particular turban was made with larger needles and bulkier yarn, and also knitted wider in width to keep her ears warm and covered back in the frigid Spring. We spent a lot of time at the playground off of Park Boulevard, where the airplanes are quite loud in flight– so it not only kept her really warm, but it also softened the sounds of the cars on the street and the airplanes above.
There are many ways you can achieve this style, but I think tying a knot in the middle before the ends are seamed together gives it that eastern flair; rather than the bow headband where you might knit in the round and knit a separate piece to gather the middle. I had to include a mama version because I love when mamas and daughters match. It took me approximately 2 1/2 hours to knit the Mother Turban, and 1 hour and 40 minutes for the Daughter Turban.
KNITTED SEED+KNOT TURBAN
By Jena S. Kim
One set of size US 8 (5.0 mm) straight knitting needles
Caron Simply Soft Eco 142 g / 249 yards
Worsted 80% Acrylic & 20% NatureSpun Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester
Scissors, Ruler, Embroidery Needle
19 sts and 32 rows = 4″
Seed Stitch (SS):
All rows: *K1, P1* repeat to end
Binding Off (BO):
*K1, pass last st over* repeat from * to end
CO 21 (13)
Row 1: Work in SS until piece measures 19″ (14″)
Tie a knot in the middle of piece– loosely or tight, whichever you prefer
Fold in half, wrong sides together
Knit into other side, while at the same time BO
Fasten off, and weave in the ends.
“Seeds of every generation
Between our hands
And the promise to teach you
The little I have learned… so far
What will you live to do?
What have I left for you?
What will we leave behind?”
Brooke Fraser | Seeds