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Constellation Napkin Rings


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Every summer, knitters the world over plan to get a jump on their winter gift knitting. But, for many of us, it's so hot in the summer! Who wants to work on some large woolly shawl all summer long? This is probably is why so many of us make cotton dishcloths as gifts... So... why stick to the same-old-same-old when there are so many techniques to try and so many little home projects to experiment with - like... napkin rings!! These rings use sock yarn (perhaps the end of a skein already turned into socks?) and a small number of beads each to depict four popular and easy-to-identify constellations in the night sky. This is a good introduction to beading and chart reading, as the background is a straightforward stockinette stitch with garter edging, and the buttonhole is made with a double yarnover. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit & purl patterning Basic beading GAUGE 30 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Supplies Needed

  • 45 - 60 yards (41 - 55 m) fingering weight yarn
  • US2 (2.75mm) knitting needles
  • Beads

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Katherine Vaughan Designs
Katherine Vaughan Designs
I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the women!). I like to design baby blankets, accessories for children, adults, and the home, and garments for children and adults. You can find my patterns through my indie line here on Craftsy or in a variety of print and online magazines and books. I happily work with local yarn stores, crafters, and indie dyers: please contact me to start a conversation about how we can support each other! I’m a certified knitting teacher, accomplished technical editor for knitting patterns, and in my daily life am an academic science librarian.