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Wrist distaff, pattern… kind of

I just thought maybe I’d post how I made the distaff.

Using Mirasol Sulka (Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi)) in Horseradish (MC) and Cocoa (CC), I used about 25g of each colour, and 6.5mm needles

Using MC I cast on 20 sts using a provisional cast on and left a long tail (enough for a row). In garter stitch I knitted enough rows in the main colour to cover the back of my wrist then started on 2 rows MC, 2 rows CC until it fitted slightly stretched round my wrist.

I picked up the sts from the provisional cast on and knitted a row using the tail so that both ends were at the same side, then holding the needles parallel I knitted a stitch from both needles together, leaving me with a joined tube and live stitches, this formed the cuff.

I then knit about 27 more rows, keeping to the 2 rows of each colour yarn, and cut the yarn, again leaving a long tail.

Using the tail I grafted the sts on my needle to the body of the cuff at the end of the main colour section, and then sewed up the back of the top tube to form a pocket.

You can see pictures in the previous post.


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Spinning last night was frustrating, I kept having to rejoin my fibre to the yarn, and not because I was doing anything wrong per se. I just wasn’t paying attention to what the hanging fibre was doing.

Cushions & pillows may make for a comfy Raa but they are also great at catching my fibre and pulling it so that the thinner drafted section pulls apart and then I swear a lot. Last night I put down my spindle, picked up my needles, grabbed some Mirasol Sulka left overs and knitted a wrist distaff – I’m hoping it works, I haven’t actually picked up my spindle today.


Top view


This is the fibre pocket

It’s so lovely I may just wear it all the time.

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