Rhythm of the Home | Autumn


Fall is almost here. How do I know? I was able to throw open the windows this morning to let in a cleansing post-storm coolness while I enjoyed the Autumn edition of Rhythm of the Home. Again I am honored to have a piece included, this time a Knitted Harvest Flower Vase. It's the first knitting pattern that I've ever written and I'm very excited to share it with you. Close to celebrating their three year anniversary, ROTH returns this season with pages full of creative goodness and a completely re-designed site. It is simply wonderful. Give it a look-see.

Edited to add: Since the Rhythm of the Home archives are no longer accessible, I have added the pattern below.

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The perfect reward for a summer spent weeding, tending, and nurturing is the gathering of friends for a fall harvest feast. Together, we break bread to celebrate the fruit of our labors as well as the bounty and fertility of the earth. This simple knitted sleeve fits over a wine bottle to enhance a gift for your harvest party host and it becomes a flower vase for the dinner table once its contents have been drunk.

The cable pattern features a rib of seven knit rows that twine together, representing the seven planetary grains of the Waldorf tradition. According to this custom, each day of the week is governed by a solar body, each of which is associated with a grain. By eating these grains on their corresponding days, as many Waldorf kindergartens do, we follow a cosmic and nourishing cadence that fits in neatly with living in tune with other natural rhythms, such as the seasons. The grains are:

Sunday-Sun-Wheat
Monday-Moon-Rice
Tuesday-Mars-Barley
Wednesday-Mercury-Millet
Thursday-Jupiter-Rye
Friday-Venus-Oats
Saturday-Saturn-Maize

Yarn: 1 ball Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran (50g) in white. Solid, light colors work best for this piece. 
Gauge: 18 sts = 4 in. in stockinette stitch
Needles: 4-Size 8 dpns, cable needle
Finished Size: This was knit to fit on a bottle with a circumference of 9 ½” and a height of 9” from bottom to neck.
Stitch Legend: CO cast on, dpns double pointed needles, PM place marker, k Knit, p Purl, K1 tbl Knit one through back loop, sts stiches, cn cable needle, BO bind off

Instructions:
CO 40 stitches, divide among three dpns, with 13 stitches on the middle needle for the cable
Join to work in the round
PM
K every round until piece measures 1 ¾” from the CO edge
Rounds 1-8 k14, [k1 tbl, p1] 6 times, k1 tbl, k13
Round 9 k14, slip 6 sts to cn and hold to back, [k1 tbl, p1] 3 times, k1 tbl, continue in rib from cn as follows: [p1, k1 tbl] 3 times, k13
Repeat rounds 1-9 four times
Repeat rounds 1-8 once more
K until piece measures 9” from CO edge

BO

8 comments:

  1. Congrats on the pattern! That is so great!

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  2. thanks for the reminder! off to check out the newest addition!

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  3. What a beautiful knitted vase! Lovely job, Courtney! :)

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  4. Congratulations, this is so pretty. I'm going to make one for our table and I think I'll be making up a few as christmas presents/wrapping.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern.

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  5. Congrats on the pattern! Lovely idea and it is beautiful to look at :)

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  6. What a great idea! You did such a nice job~ oh that Silas...he is growing so quickly~ what a handsome little guy he is!

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  7. Beautiful C!!! I've pinned it. :) I better add these to my queue too.

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  8. How exciting! I'm heading over now to check it out, so excited about fall!

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