Here is our very handsome Hampstead Wreath (a play on Hampstead Heath, the space beloved by many Londoners) for you to knit after a small donation to Citymeals. We will give ALL of the income after PayPal fees from this pattern to Citymeals until 01.01.13.
The Hampstead Wreath is quick and easy to knit. It has pompoms (always a plus), although you could be terribly tasteful and decorate it with pine cones for the natural look. You could put baubles on it for more bling. You could knit it in shocking pink and twine tinsel round it for all we care, we just want you to buy the pattern and help Citymeals continue to do fabulous work with older people in New York. We know that times are hard and purse strings tight, but please, if you can, buy this and really help to bring warmth and a small bit of companionship to people who might not be quite so fortunate.
Finished size: approximately 32cm (12½)" diameter.
Yarn:Sirdar Big Softie Super Chunky, 51% Wool, 49% Acrylic, 50g (1.75oz), 45m (49yds) per ball, OR any Super Chunky to give the required tension. 3 balls Moose (326), exact amount used 139g (allowing for wastage). We used part balls of: Kelly (325) Egg (322) Chilli (328) for the pompoms, but obviously you can use whatever spare yarn you have.
Where 'approx. amount used' is specified this amount includes 10% 'wastage', and is rounded up to the nearest gram / metre / yard.
Tension - 9 stitches and 12 rows to 10cm (4") over stocking stitch.
Instructions for cable pattern used are written only, but are very simple.
10mm needles OR SIZE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN TENSION.
Waste yarn for provisional cast-on.
We didn't use a Styrofoam ring to form the Wreath around, we used a 90cm length of pipe lagging available from a hardware shop / plumbers' merchant as it was handier (and cheaper - 2 metres were £ 1.50 - ours was approximately 16cm circumference, to fit a 22mm water pipe).
We also had help with the pompoms and used a Prym pompom maker, readily available from varying craft stores and websites.
Duct tape, for taping the pipe lagging together (obviously not needed if you're using a ready-made ring).
Tapestry needle for sewing wreath up.
You can purchase directly through Paypal or via Ravelry, you do not need to have an account with either to purchase through them but if you do have a Ravelry account you can store the pattern in your library there.
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