The perfect reward for a summer spent weeding, tending, and nurturing is the gathering of friends for a fall harvest feast. Together, we break bread to celebrate the fruit of our labors as well as the bounty and fertility of the earth. This simple knitted sleeve fits over a wine bottle to enhance a gift for your harvest party host and it becomes a flower vase for the dinner table once its contents have been drunk.
The cable pattern features a rib of seven knit rows that twine together, representing the seven planetary grains of the Waldorf tradition. According to this custom, each day of the week is governed by a solar body, each of which is associated with a grain. By eating these grains on their corresponding days, as many Waldorf kindergartens do, we follow a cosmic and nourishing cadence that fits in neatly with living in tune with other natural rhythms, such as the seasons. The grains are:
Yarn: <1 ball Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran (50g) in white. Solid, light colors work best for this piece. Dark and variegated yarns tend to hide the pattern detail.
Gauge: 18 sts = 4 in. in stockinette stitch
Needles: 4-Size 8 dpns, cable needle
Finished Size: This was knit to fit on a bottle with a circumference of 9 ½” and a height of 9” from bottom to neck.
Stitch Legend: CO cast on, dpns double pointed needles, PM place marker, k Knit, p Purl, K1 tbl Knit one through back loop, sts stiches, cn cable needle, BO bind off
CO 40 stitches, divide among three dpns, with 13 stitches on the middle needle for the cable
Join to work in the round
K every round until piece measures 1 ¾” from the CO edge
Rounds 1-8 k14, [k1 tbl, p1] 6 times, k1 tbl, k13
Round 9 k14, slip 6 sts to cn and hold to back, [k1 tbl, p1] 3 times, k1 tbl, continue in rib from cn as follows: [p1, k1 tbl] 3 times, k13
Repeat rounds 1-9 four times
Repeat rounds 1-8 once more
K until piece measures 9” from CO edge
Courtney Cable is a Midwestern mama of one who strives to find the creative beauty in each day. She blogs about keeping a simple, mindful and sustainable home at A Life Sustained.