Once upon a time an Experienced Knitter was handed a drop spindle
and a wad of roving by her Fairy Godmother. Spin, she was advised,
and so she spun. As she spun she realized the yarn she was creating
was flawed, but she did not stop. The fiber had cast a spell upon
her and she loved the wooly yarn pet she was creating with each
turn of the spindle.
One day, the Knitter came to the end of her roving and carefully
unwound her spindle. The skein she’d patiently created was—Kinky.
It was thick and thin. It was like no other yarn in her stash.
Crushed, our knitter prepared herself to banish her skein to the
bin. Her Fairy Godmother stayed her hand with a gentle smile and
said “You have potential, my dear. Your yarn, for a first
time spinner, is lovely.”And thus the kinked skein was saved
from certain doom.
filled with shame for her yarn, our Knitter
strongly considered hiding her creation in a box, far away
from the eyes of her sister and brother knitters. Under normal
circumstances, she would never consider using such flawed
yarn. Her knitting had received many favorites throughout
the Kingdom of Ravelry. What might “they” think
of a project created from this homely yarn?
One night, in a fit of both stubbornness
and enlightenment, she opted to knit with her handspun; to
acknowledge, nay, embrace its imperfections. And so, the “Kink” collar
was born. Kink is lacey, pretty, easy to make and very forgiving
of less than perfect yarn. If you happen
to have more expertly spun or commercial yarn then your Kink
will really shine. Our Knitter shares it here to provide
an opportunity for escape for all the enchanted, imperfect,
yarn pets that are trapped in stashes around the world so
that they too may live happily ever after.
Lee Kelly, Kate Hueber photos: Jodie
Handspun: 9 x 45 inches [shown below,
7 x 36 inches [shown above, in blue]
Bay Colonial Wool [100% wool; roving];
color: Blue Green; 2.5 ounces.
into pin roving and spun worsted with
a short forward draw.
Commercial Yarn Alternative
Sheep Lamb’s pride [85% wool, 15% mohair; 190 yd/ 174 m
per 100 g skein]; M-190: Jaded Dreams;
1 skein. Pictured Kink used 60g.
size [always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below
-- every knitter's gauge is unique]
set US #10.5/6.5 mm needles – straight, short circular
or 3 DPNs (see note below)
Tool: 2-ounce top whorl drop spindle made by John
I crochet hook
sturdy rustproof pins for blocking
14 sts/24 rows = 4 inches square in stockinette stitch in handspun
14 sts/20 rows = 4 inches square in stockinette stitch in Lamb’s
Gauge is extremely flexible and varies greatly depending
upon the thickness of the yarn you’ve selected. Instead
of working a standard gauge swatch, cast on and begin your
Kink. If in a few inches you’re not happy with
the width of your Kink either change the size of your needles
or if using commercial yarn select a different yarn and start
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Adjusting size: Thicker yarns make wider Kinks, thinner yarns
make narrower Kinks. Fingering weight
yarn works up to about 6 inches wide
and makes a delicate accessory. Bulky
weight yarn works up to about 10 inches
wide and makes a warm winter scarf.
Kink lengths can range between 30 and
48 inches – and length is entirely
decided by how many repeats of the pattern
you work. Shorter kinks are suitable
for smaller frames or indoor conditions. Make
your Kink longer if you want more wraps
for warmth or have a large frame.
Working a wrap
and turn: Bring yarn
forward, slip the stitch to be wrapped
purlwise from left needle to the right,
take the yarn behind work and return
the stitch to its original position,
In rows 2 and 10, you’re working
an I-cord edging. If
you prefer not to return stitches to
the left needle to rework them, make
your Kink with double-pointed needles
and substitute the following for these
rows: Alternate row 2 and 10 [RS]: K4,
[slide these 4 sts to right end of
the right dpn. With a 3rd dpn and holding
yarn snugly behind stitches, k the
same 4 sts] twice, k14, yo, k1.
Instructions for working
a crochet chain can be found here.
CO 19 st.
Row 1 [WS]: K15,
Row 2 [RS]: K4,
[slip these 4 sts back to left
needle and knit them again] twice,
k14, yo, k1, 20 sts.
Row 3 [WS]: K15, wrap
Row 4 [RS]: K14, yo, k1.
Row 5-6: Repeat Rows
3 and 4 once more, 22 sts.
Row 7 [WS]: K15, wrap
Row 8 [RS]: K15.
Row 9 [WS]: BO 3, k14,
p4. 19 sts.
Row 10 [RS]: K4, [slip
these 4 sts back to left needle
and knit them again] twice, k14,
yo, k1, 20 sts.
3 to 10 until desired
length (or yarn runs out).
final repeat, bind off all stitches
in Row 9. If you intend
to secure your Kink with a button,
do not break yarn.
Optional Button loop
Insert crochet hook into remaining stitch.
Work a short crochet chain -- long enough to allow the button or bead you’ve
selected to pass through – and secure it by working a slip stitch
at the 4th stitch from the inner edge.
Break yarn and pull end through final loop.
Soak collar in cold water. Roll in a
towel and gently squeeze to remove
excess water. Pin the middle of both in
the inner and outer edge of the collar to your blocking surface gently
stretching the stitches. Continue to pin along the inner edge and each
short end creating a “U” shape. From the
short ends gently stretch the work
and pin the points.
When pinning is
completed the collar will be symmetrical,
fully stretched, and all points will be staked. Allow
to dry completely. Weave in ends.
Kink is intended to be worn asymmetrically (see pictures).
If you are using a button, try on the
collar and determine the best location. Sew on the
button with scrap yarn and weave in all ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Jodie is living happily-ever-after with her very own Professor
Charming. Her incredibly handsome and brilliant sons refer to her
as “The Queen of the Universe” (Queenie for short).
She has yet to let such obeisance go to her head.
She thoroughly enjoyed setting aside the needles for the drop
spindle and foresees many hours of spinning
in her future. Jodie’s
Fairy Godmother resides near Guthrie,
Oklahoma. FG doesn’t
sing nonsense songs, have a wand or create
pumpkin carriages. She does (magically?)
weave beauty from chaos and has a handsome
alpaca named Maxx. You'll find more of her work here.