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Extra Bubbles

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Bubbling Interplay close up

Into the Unknown has been a year of unexpected blog customizations.  The newest release, Bubbling Interplay, has some fun options to reveal too!  At the bottom, a bubble of a different kind invites you outside to play.

Denise Bubbling Interplay
Tester Denise (miti-mom) sample, close up… Denise asked are more bubbles possible? (c) photo by Denise

Same amount of yarn, more bubbles

more bubbles mini MC
mini bubbles!

Little Bubble Cables
If you’d like even more bubbles on your Bubbling Interplay and follow the charts, print up these two snippets and paste them anywhere you want where there is 6 plain Garter in a row for 3 rows.  (Thanks to Denise who asked for even more Bubbles… more of the ones sized in the pattern won’t fit, but these little gems will!)

MC Mini Bubbles – cut and paste

Written additions – mini bubbles cover 4 sts with 1 st on either side as a buffer to other design elements.
MC bubbles
Prev row CC: k1, s1, k2, s1, k1
Row 1 MC (rs): k1, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LC, k1
Row 1 CC (rs): p1, s1, p2, s1, p1
Row 2 MC (ws): p6
Row 2 CC (ws): k1, s1, k2, s1, k1
Row 3 MC: k1, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k1
Row 3 CC: p6

CC Mini Bubbles – cut and paste

CC bubbles
Row 1 MC (rs): k1, s1, k2, s1, k1
Row 1 CC (rs): p1, 1/1 RKPC, 1/1 LPKC, p1
Row 2 MC (ws): p1, s1, p2, s1, p1
Row 2 CC (ws): k1, s1, k2, s1, k1
Row 3 MC: k1, s1, k2, s1, k1
Row 3 CC: p1, 1/1 LPKC, 1/1 RKPC, p1
Row 4 MC: p6

Lacy Little Bubbles

more bubbles lacy
I admit it – I didn’t want to frog my swatch so I added one row of lace and used photo shop to place the rest

Any place you’ve got at least 5 stitches in Garter and 3 rows, add these lacy bubbles.  For simplicity, I placed them on RS MC rows.  (You of course can do them one CC or WS rows, but that’s an extra level of difficulty).

Lacy Bubbles – cut and paste

Written additions – any spot you have 5 sts of Garter not touching a detail over 3 rows.
Row 1 MC (rs): *pattern to desired lace spot, yo, k2tog*, pattern to end.
Row 1 CC (rs): *pattern to yo, yo slipping MC yo,* pattern to end.
Row 2 MC (ws): *pattern to yo, purl both yo strands together*, pattern to end.

Extra yarn, bigger bubbles

As one of my testers discovered making a shawl rather than a scarf simply requires switching to DK weight yarn and relying upon the different gauge you get with DK weight yarn.  The tester got a gauge of 16.25 sts per 4″/ 10cm. So without width modifications, her shawl would be a total of 14.75″ wide. Shooting for 15 to 16.25 sts per 4”/ 10cm would give a nice width for a shawl of 14.75” to 16” (16” at gauge 15 and 14.75” at gauge 16.25).  You may want to work fewer repeats, so it doesn’t grow in length as well. 

Iris Bubbling Interplay
Tester Iris’s DK sample with width modifications (c) photo by tester Iris

This tester ended up cutting the design back down to scarf width, but if you have DK weight and extra yarn and want a shawl, follow the pattern as is. 

Real Life Bubbles

As soon as I saw this image on Christine Guest’s IG feed, the bubble concept clicked. 

Gigantic BUBBLES! (c)Christine Guest

Maybe it was the way the light shimmered through and matched the colors of my CC yarn (Sea Glass) or maybe it was just my imagination running wild, but either way I asked permission from Christine to share her hubby’s blog with you. 

Dan, Christine’s hubby, the bubble maker (c)Christine Guest

If you’ve got kiddos this summer (or are a kiddo at heart), enjoy making these gigantic bubbles on a summer’s night! 

Here is the link to Dan’s blog and bubble recipe
(Give Christine and me a shout out if you post the picture so we can see your bubble making in action!)

Apollonian Gaskets in knit and crochet, coming sometime from Christine… reading the story as it develops is fascinating, I can’t wait to see what the pattern is like (c)Christine Guest

And if you don’t follow Christine’s designs you should – she’s working on bringing this to the knitting world! A truer pattern engineer, I never have found – I love to watch her brain work and have enjoyed working up several of her designs, too.

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