I hope you have all had a fabulous week. Mine was busy (deadlines galore) but overall good. :)
So this week is an extremely light knitting week. I am doing this for three reasons:
1) I want to give as many people as possible the chance to catch up so we can all finish together over the next couple of weeks.
2) The most natural stopping point in this section is after 4 rows, so before we begin the final border patterning, I wanted to give you all a nice easy week to relax and enjoy some simple knitting.
3) Although I don't want to assume that any of you are football fans, I am sure some people will be busy preparing for and watching the Super Bowl tomorrow, so I didn't want to overload anyone.
For those of you who have already stopped increasing, please do not to the increases in this week's pattern. For those of you worried about running out of yarn, don't worry, this week is the last 4 increases in each section that will be done. I've mentioned before that we are aiming to get to 78 stitches between markers. This week we will complete all of the increases. If you are a few weeks behind and would like to slow your increases, I've posted some alternate instructions for that in weeks 3 & 4 of the Ravelry forums. The posts are as follows:
Week 3, Post # 381:
Week 4, Post #115:
These will get you to 65 sts between needles. Then you would follow this week's instructions without increases. Hopefully this helps some of you who are working through your yarn a bit faster.
Also, these directions are for both beginner and intermediate. Everyone is doing the same exact thing this week. Sorry to be so boring, but it had to be done. Because of this, the knitting this week is really not a mystery at all. So, that said, I have incorporated a few clues later in the post to give you something to watch for in tonight's episode. I recommend you brew yourself a cup of tea (which I will be doing) or a glass of wine or your drink of choice (cheers to you, and enjoy on my behalf) and follow along with the fun clues anyway just for kicks. Since the knitting this week is the same for everyone and is very simple, feel free to knit ahead today if you'd like so you can relax and enjoy tonight's episode. You deserve it!
Week 5 Knitting (both Beginners & Intermediates):
Row 1: k4, *k1f&b, k to 1 st before next marker, k1f&b; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 2: knit
*repeat rows 1 & 2 once more. (78 sts between markers)
And that's all for this week's knitting folks!
Some of you may be wondering how much more knitting there is. Here is the short answer: Intermediates will have 8-16 (or possibly more if desired) rows of knitting. The intermediate border pattern is an 8-row repeat and we will be doing it twice. The beginner's border pattern is a two row repeat and we will be doing it the same number of rows in theory, however, there is more flexibility in the beginner pattern to do fewer rows if needed. If you think you are running too short of yarn, the beginner pattern will be a good choice since it's easier to customize. Just something to keep in mind for next week.
Now, here are the fun clues for Episode 5 to drink your tea or (ahem) other beverage of choice this evening:
Prompt #1: When Violet and Isobel have a disagreement, demurely take a sip and proclaim, "Indeed!"
Prompt #2: Anytime Thomas pressures Baxter to collude with him, take a drink with raised eyebrows.
Prompt #3: When Edith receives some upsetting news, take a gulp and say, "Poor Edith!"
Prompt #4: When Anna and Bates have a nice night out, take a sip and say, "Good for them!"
Prompt #5: When Rose debuts her birthday surprise for Lord Crawley, take a drink with your pinky in the air.
Prompt #6: When Rose is caught by Mary doing something unladylike, demurely take a sip and exclaim, "Kids these days!"
These are just for fun of course and not required, I hope you enjoy the episode. :)
Because there is no mystery in this week's knitting, I will not be posting an episode guide tomorrow. If you have questions about the knitting, please let me know!
Happy knitting everyone!