20 March 2013

Triangle Scarf with Leaves Border - a 'how-to'

Triangle Scarf with Leaves Border



This is a lovely pattern, Dreieckstuch mit Bl├Ątterrand, with a great video on youtube on how to work the leaves.
Though it's a very simple video for the leaf pattern but it is in German - so I followed it step by step and tried to write it down in English ......... check this out if you feel it helps you.

Abbreviations I used:
st   - stitch
k    - knit
p    - purl
kfb - knit into front and back of same stitch
ktbl - knit through back loop
ptbl - purl through back loop
sm   - slip marker
yo   - yarn over  
k2tog  knit 2 sts together
psso    pass slipped st over the the left st
slip1   slip 1 st on to right needle without knitting


Row 1  Cast on 2 stitches (sts)
Row2   Kfb, K1 - 3 sts

Row3   k1, kfb, k1 - 4 sts

Row4  k1, kfb, k2 - 5 sts

Row5  k3, kfb, k1 - 6 sts

Row6  k1, kfb, k1, place marker, k1, yo, ktbl, yo, k1

Row7  p2, ptbl, , p2, sm, k2, kfb, k1.

Row8   k1, kfb, k3, sm, k2, yo, ktbl, yo, k2

Row9   p3, ptbl, p3, sm, k4, kfb, k1.

Row10  k1, kfb, k5, sm, k3, yo, ktbl, yo, k3

Row11 p4, ptbl, p4, sm, k6, kfb, k1

Row12 k1, kfb, k to marker, sm, k4, yo, ktbl, yo, k4

Row13 p5, ptbl, p to marker, sm, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1

Row14  k1, kfb, k to marker, sm, (slip1, k1, psso), k3, ktbl, k3, k2tog (these are the dec rows for the leaf)

Row15  p4, ptbl, p to marker, sm, k to last 2sts, kfb, k1

Row16  k1, kfb, k to marker, sm, (slip1, k1, psso), k2, ktbl, k2, k2tog

Row17  p3, ptbl, p sm, k to last 2sts, kfb, k1
 
Row18  k1, kfb, k to marker, sm, (slip1, k1, psso), k1, ktbl, k1, k2tog

Row19  p2, ptbl, p2, sm, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1

Row20  k1, kfb, k to marker, sm, (slip1, k1, psso), ktbl, k1, k2 tog

Row21  p3, sm, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1

Row22  k1, kfb, knit to marker, remove marker, s1, k2tog, psso

Row23  bind off 3 sts, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1

Row24  k1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, pm, k1, yo, ktbl, yo, k1 (this row is the beginning of the leaf again that corresponds to row 6 of patt)

Rep rows 6 to 23.

I started this in a variegated yarn but might look for a plain or tonal yarn as the leaves don't seem to be very defined in this quick colour changing yarn. 
Let me see how that works out......:)


06 March 2013

Deep Pan Pizza - Instant Gratification!

Craving a homemade pizza but don't have the time to wait for the dough to rest and rise and rest again etc....?
Try this easy n quick deep pan pizza .... my go-to recipe when the kids demand pizza NOW.
Needs just four, yes FOUR, ingredients:

1 1/2 cup       self rising flour,
20 gm            butter,
1 tsp              sugar,
3/4 th cup      milk.
Note: you can make your own self-rising flour by mixing together 1 cup plain flour + 2 tsp baking powder.
I generally substitute 1/2 a cup of the white flour with whole wheat flour hence the darker colour of the base in the pictures below.

So here's what you do.....
Lightly grease a 23 cm springform tin (or use a regular cookie tray like I do).
Mix together the sugar and flour and rub in the butter.
Knead into a soft dough with the milk.
Press over the base of the pan taking it about 1/2 an inch along the sides of the pan.
Spread tomato puree' and toppings of your choice and bake in hot oven for 15 min.
Turn down heat to moderate and bake a further 10 minutes.
You are done!!!!

My rustic pizza......
Slice it up and serve it with a salad (I do that for my kids)....
Or serve it plain.....
Enjoy your meal!! Ciao!!
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