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Old 08-25-2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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Grandma's Knitting Cheat Sheet Mystery
My wonderful grandma taught me to knit when I was little, but I never actually did anything with it until a couple of years ago - long after she passed away.

My sister had a lot of Grandma's knitting things that she recently gave me since I started knitting in ernest. I have a few of her handwritten things (e.g., mitten pattern) and one little scrap of paper that has me puzzled. It is from a yellow lined pad and cut to the size of 3 rows from the sheet. It says:

K4 P2 K4 P2 K4 P2 K4 P2 K4 P2 K4 P2 K4
40 st 2 Needles

That's it. I had to put the dots in between the Cs to get them to line up the way it is written on the paper.

Obviously it is a rib pattern, and the 40 st matches the number of stitches in the top row. But what are the C notations under the middle K4 parts? Cable, I'm guessing? I imagine 2 needles must refer to the size. Any idea what this might be use for?

I think she might have copied down part of a pattern from something larger to keep it handy.

FO tally since knitting odyssey began in Jan. '05:
5 baby blankets; 2 afghans; 1 large afghan for large brother-in-law; 4 scarves; 4 toddler sweaters; 6 simple teddy bears; This teddy bear and 4 others from the book; 1 monkey; 1 tank top/cardigan set; 1 cape; 1 shrug; 1 pair mittens; 2 pairs socks; 2 pairs felted clogs; 1 hat; lace edged tank, Vitadini Lace Yoked Top

Currently working on: scarf for sis
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Old 08-25-2006, 10:08 AM   #2
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hmmm. I think your right.

And what could 40 stitches be for? Hmm. My newborn baby hats on size 8's are 50 stitches. hmmm.

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Old 08-25-2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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maybe it's ribbing on the leg of a child's sock?
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:39 AM   #4
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Sounds like a cable scarf to me at 49 sts.... :thinking: hmmmm....
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Old 08-25-2006, 02:05 PM   #5
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It could be a scarf, or a cable pattern in the center of something else.
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Old 08-25-2006, 03:38 PM   #6
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I vote scarf.
On the needles: Falling Leaves Socks, Punkin Hats, Artful Afgan and another waterlily for a friend of mine (on hold until I feel like working with that yarn again)

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Old 08-25-2006, 05:57 PM   #7
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It's a cable pattern over 40 stitches. Could be a panel in a sweater.

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