Tilting Ladder US size 5[3.75mm]
US size 5[3.75mm] and US size 2[2.75mm] OR size required to obtain gauge
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, cable needle (optional)
Coastal from Elemental Affects, 50% US Shaniko merino, 25% Mulberry silk, 25% Belgian flax, 2 oz (56g) / 205 yds (187m). WPI 19.
Model Size is Medium and shown in Sky Blue used approximately 4 oz/ 110 g, 403 yds (369 m). In order to stay within the 2 skeins of yarn I had, some length changes were made. The sample as knitted is 9.5″ / 24.1 cm at the Back and 7.75″ / 19.1 cm at the Front.
Ninth Ward Cosy
Ninth Ward cosy is perfect for adding to a summer dress or tee to turn a work-day outfit into something a little more, but easy. I find knitting Tilting Ladders very satisfying — and there are instructions for working the cables with a needle or without.
I love popping a cosy over my shoulders for protection from air conditioning or breezes. More stable than a shawl, a cosy gives different coverage than a cowl. Pairing Ninth Ward Cosy with the French Quarter Tank will create a different kind of sweater-set, or give extra coverage to things you already have.
Why Ninth Ward
I named the French Quarter Tank for New Orleans. 2020 has taught us that we need to look beyond the obvious and familiar. I remember being in New Orleans and finding a sense of relief walking into the Ninth Ward. It was just slightly away from the tourist-facing French Quarter; not so familiar, but with things I love. Good Jazz (we saw Ellis Marsalis (who died from COVID-related pneumonia in 2020), Marcus Roberts, Delfaeyo Marsalis), food, drinks, and old cottages. That 2001 trip to New Orleans was weird; New Orleans isn’t really our kind of place, but it has its charms (I would say that they mostly evaded us at the time). Mitch was hot, everyone seemed to drink too much, and the food seemed overwhelmingly spicy.
I was subbing for a semester at the Academy of Art and I had to get home to do prep for the class. I needed to paint samples, so I set my Monday alarm to go off early. My plan was to spend the day working on them and be ready for the whole semester. I turned on NPR and soon leaned of the 9/11 attacks. Mitch was stuck in New Orleans; his conference was cancelled, but there were no flights, no rental cars. Eventually he moved back to the French Quarter because being at a convention hotel was too enervating.
And then there was Katrina and New Orleans and the surrounding area was devastated.
What We Take Away
I bought mugs at a photographer’s gallery on our last day together in New Orleans. Clearly they are well worn. I think they sum up our relationship nicely. I flew home on September 10 and Mitch stayed to give a speech. On my way to the airport I was telling the cab driver how difficult it was to be where people smoked so much. He couldn’t believe that smoking could be banned in bars and restaurants. Even though he smoked, he was completely in favor of it. Our worlds were clearly very different, but we were interested in the other’s.
Ninth Ward Cosy
Everything you need to know is in the pattern; there are lots of Action charts to keep you on track. Worked bottom up, it keeps getting smaller; it is another project that ends by working in ends and blocking!
Ninth Ward Cosy is offered in 7 sizes:
Bottom Circumference: 37.125″ / 94.3 cm (44.875″ / 114 cm) (45.25″ / 114.9 cm) (54.625″ / 138.7 cm) (61.625″ / 156.5 cm) (66.75″ / 164.5 cm) (69.875″ / 177.5 cm)
Bottom circumference is measured over the bust and arms and allows 3 to 4″ / 7.6 to 10.2 cm for movement ease.
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Using Written Pattern Table Instructions
German Short Rows, GSR & Gtog
incL – Knitting Into the Stitch Below
incR – Knitting Into the Stitch Below
Knitting through the back leg / loop
Purling Stitches Together Through the Back Loops
Three Needle Bind Off (3-needle BO)
Join in the Round
Work in ends and securing tails