Saturday, February 2, 2008

Knitted Postcard


 

I'm participating in a fun project/blog called "Thing-a-day". For the month of February, you're supposed to make/do something everyday and post it. I like it - it gives me an excuse to execute my ideas that I've been putting off. 

This is today's post:
I’ve had this idea in my book of ideas for a while now, and finally made it - a knitted postcard. I had a teacher in high school who thought it was so great that our postal service will send anything that you slap postage on. He sent a banana in a clear plastic bag to his brother. It wasn’t fresh, but it got there.
I like the idea of sending something unusual through the mail -in this case, something soft that would pass through the hands of people who are not used to touching soft mail. Also, I like the idea of sending knitted love, because anyone who has received a knitted gift knows that it is a labor of love.

Though it’s knitting, I did try something new with this piece. I made the cables without using a cable needle - just dropped 3 stitches off the left needle, knitted 3 sts, and picked up the dropped stitches. It’s not as bad as it sounds. There’s less juggling around without the cable needle.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted on the front, and after charting different images, I decided to go with a couple of classic cables. It’s also a good way to use up knitted swatches. I used a piece of matboard that was laying around, and used a hole punch to make the holes. Now all I have to do is decide who I will send this to.

Here's the pattern in chart form:
Size 10 needles
Yarn: Lamb's Pride Superwash Bulky
Gauge 27 sts x 21 rows = 6"x4"


To make the postcard backing, you'll need a 4"x6" piece of matboard. Round the corners with a pair of scissors, and with a hole punch, make 7 holes along the 4" sides, and 8 holes along the 6" sides. There will be 30 holes total. You can measure it out if you'd like. I prefer to eyeball it. Then write a message to a friend, and send it off!

If you're a beginner knitter, and not ready to tackle seed stitch and cables yet, you can practice your knitting skills and make a simpler postcard. Follow the same gauge, needle size, and cast on 22sts, and just knit until the piece measures 4". You'll have a garter stitch postcard. If you want to practice your purls too, you can knit a stockinette stitch postcard by alternating knit stitch and purl stitch rows.