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Trends and Fashions
It is most definitely summer in Boise.....many days over 100 degrees. For some reason in July and August I start thinking of Christmas I have included a pinafore and dress-shaped towel holder that makes a lovely Christmas gift - in this issue of the newsletter.

Fall fashion line-up does not look exciting to me......gray gray gray is the color of the year. Thank goodness some silver and occasional red, purple and magenta colors are added to the fashion previews. I opt for those colors over gray all winter long.....sometimes I really wonder about those fashion designers. :-)

I've been into the designing mode, so in plenty of time for Christmas we will have some brand new patterns available.....sitting and knitting is good when the weather is too hot to do anything else.

Until next time, have an enjoyable indian summer!


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Free Pattern:
Dress and Pinafore Christmas Towel
Materials: Two ounces each red and off-white knitting worsted, small amount of gold metallic yarn that is equivalent to fingering weight.
No. 8 knitting needles.
Size F and G crochet hooks
8 inches red 1/4" satin ribbon.
One Christmas Towel, red and green with metallic accents (Note: you can make two with one towel).

Prepare Towel: Cut towel in half crosswise. Serge orzig zag upper edges of each. Run a gathering stitch just below the finished edges.

Front: Begin at lower edge, with No. 8 needles and red, cast on 34 sts. Beg with a knit row, work in St st, decreasing 1 st ea side on 5th and every following 6th row 4 times in all. Work even in St st until total length is 5 inches. Bind off 2 sts beg next 2 rows. Dec 1 st both sides next row. Work even until armholes measure 1-3/4 inches, ending on right side. Neck Shaping:  Knit 7, bind off center 6 sts for neck, finish row. Working each side separately, purl one row.  Next row: knit, decreasing 1 st at neck edge. Purl one row. Bind off. Work opposite side to correspond.

Back: Work as for front until armhole shaping is complete. Now work even until armhole measures the same as for the front. Bind off 6 sts beg next two rows for shoulders. Bind off 2 sts beg mext two rows. Work even in garter st on center 3 sts for 5 inches. Bind off.

Sleeves: With No. 8 needles and red, cast on 24 sts. Work in k1,p1 ribbing for two rows. Beg with a k row, work even in St st for 4 rows. Bind off.

Finishing: Steam press peices. Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeves into armholes. Sew side and sleeve underarm seams. With size G crochet hook, using red, sc around neck openihng and around back strap piece.

Sew strap in half toward front of dress and stitch in place. 

Tie ribbon into bow and sew to center of neck. Steam press dress flat.


With white and No. 8 needles, beg at lower edge of skirt, loosely cast on 46 sts. Knit one row. Now work in pattern as follows:
Row One: purl
Row Two: K1,*yo,k2,k2tog,sl1,k1,psso,k2,yo,k1,rep form * across.
Repeat pat rows 1 and 2 until skirt length is 3-2/4 inches.

Work in k1,p1 ribbing for 2 rows. Continuing in ribbing, bind off 16 sts beg next 2 rows. Work even on center sts in garter st for 10 rows.

Next Row: K4, bind off center 6 sts, k4. Knit straps separately on 4 outside sts, continuing in garter st for 20 more rows. Bind off.

Finishing: Steam press. Sew bound off edges of straps to upper edge of back waistband. Using smaller crochet hook and metallic yarn, sc around lower scalloped edge of pinafore skirt. Slip pinafore over dress and tack into place.

Attaching towel to dress: Gather the upper edge of the towel and sanwich it between front and back of skirt. Adjust gatherings to fit and tack dress to towel all around lower edge of skirt.

Until next time, may your blessings be many and Happy Knitting!
The Editor

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