Hathor is an Ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt and was often depicted wearing a Menet necklace.
I think that perhaps because of this I thought it only right to call the adult version of Menet, Hathor.
I am still working on the final details of the pattern. Juggling figures to get sizes from 32″(81cm ) to 42″ (106.5cm ) finished chest size is making my head spin just a little. I want to offer an option for long sleeves and as such want to add enough room in the sleeves for ease so that if they are long you could wear something underneath but on the other hand I don’t want them to be baggy at the top if you knit the short/no sleeved version. Does that make sense?
Here is my first yoke done for the sample short sleeved version.
As usual I have gone for earthy tones.
But I have yarn for a slightly more lively version too. The yarn I am using is Drops Karisma. A DK/light worsted weight yarn in 100% wool, 100m (109yds) to 50g (1.75oz) that knits up to 5.5 sts per inch (2.5cm). This makes a fairly standard 22 stitches per 4″ (10cm) which is slightly heavier than the children’s Menet version at 6 sts per inch (2.5cm). I nearly went to 5 sts per inch (2.5cm) the standard worsted weight but it seemed just a little too heavy for this. The 6 sts per inch (2.5cm) would have been great but I know that it means quite a lot more knitting for a large adult size so I compromised. Yes, the 1/2 stitch per inch does make quite a lot of difference overall.
A quick example of gauge in this context.
A 40″ cardigan knitted at 5.5 sts per inch (2.5cm) has 220 stitches but knitted at 6 sts per inch (2.5cm) it has 240 stitches. An extra 20 sts each and every row. Obvious I know, but if I put it another way – if you start with 220 stitches and your gauge is 5.5 stitches per inch you get a cardigan that measures 40″(101.5cm) -but- if your gauge measures 6 sts per inch (2.5cm) only half of one stitch difference you get a cardigan that only measures 36 1/2″ (92.5cm ). Quite a bit of difference in the amount of knitting which can make or break it for some people and in larger sizes this cardigan can take the slight extra thickness that that 1/2 a stitch makes without compromising the feel or drape.
That is how important it is to get your gauge right, boring I know, but it does make all the difference; to the knitting, to the feel of the garment and to the size you end up with. So, always measure you gauge! I
nearly always do!
To keep me going I’ve been eating far too many of these mini quiche.
And far too much of this banana cake. (gluten and dairy free of course)
I’ve also been trying to find time in the vegetable garden. I have far too many cabbages, kale and broccoli plants to go in for the autumn / winter veg season this year. It is getting late for transplanting them and I need to do a fair bit of digging yet. I love digging, strange I know but I find it satisfying in the same way as knitting. The only problem is that since I have been ill, I still love to dig but my body doesn’t and rebels violently. This I have learnt much to my cost over the last couple of nights. So, now I have had to give in, learn my limitations, as much as I hate it, (I can be quite independent and stubborn- something I have also learnt) and find me a willing
victim helper to do it for me. I may be baking a lot in the near future as I’ve also learnt that cake always, always helps if you need a favour!
Have a great weekend and thank you to all those people who have offered to test knit Hathor, the pattern should be with you shortly.