Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thénardier of Les Misérables

It may be that you were so totally distracted by the Singing that you missed the knits in Les Miserables.
Was I right? Well lets fix that! (Don't worry we will go back to dwarves and hobbits shortly.)
Knitting is mention in the book of course, it is a key to a great novel to mention knitting.
"From time to time, Cosette raised her eyes from her knitting, and looked sadly at them as they were playing." -Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Of course there is Russel Crowe, a knitter's long time favourite. Gotta love a man who can knit and sword fight.

Helena Bonham Carter must have had a blast playing this over the top character. She always gets such crazy roles.
Madame Thénardier's has these insane costumes with lots of colour and "slapped together from the rag bin" style.

Madame Thénardier's Pauper Gloves 

Les Miserables #1
Grey Fingering Wt and US2 3mm

Cast on 45 stitches,loosely. Carefully join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker to mark beginning of round.
Round 1: Purl.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: [k1tbl, p2] to end of round.
Continue in k1tbl, p2 ribbing for 3 inches or desired length.

Thumb Gusset
Round 1 : M1, purl two stitches, M1, place marker, k1tbl and work the rest of the round as established (p2,k1tbl). The thumb stitches between the markers are to be in the same ribbing.
Rounds 2 & 3: Knit in established ribbing.
Repeat rounds 1-3 eight more times increasing and maintaining ribbing pattern. You will have 60 stitches total on the needles, and you will have 18 stitches between the two markers.

Hold Stitches for Thumb: Slip 18 stitches to waste yarn to hold for thumb. Cast on 2 stitches onto right-hand needle. Work 2 stitches from left-hand needle rejoining the knitting in the round. Continue knitting in K1tbl,P2 ribbing in the round for the hand stitches (total of 45 stitches for hand).

Hand: Knit in established ribbing until ½ inch less than desired length.
Round 1: Purl. Round 2: Knit. Bind off purlwise.

Thumb Place 18 stitches from waste yarn onto needles. Join yarn and work in established ribbing. Pick up and knit 3 stitches across cast on edge above thumb – 21 stitches. Work in K1tbl,p2 ribbing for  1inch . Round 1: Purl. Round 2: Knit. Bind off purlwise.

More to come! But I want to get to bed before midight.


bubbebobbie said...

there is nothing more enjoyable than sitting at the movies with you and knowing that this will be the result!

Shan said...

I love Helena's skirt - the log cabin with the black centre square. I read once that the log cabin is meant to signify hearth and home, and that's why the centre square is usually red or and warmth. In early American times (I don't know whether Revolutionary France had the log cabin pattern), using a different colour would have changed the meaning of the quilt. I read about a childless ("barren") woman who had, significantly, made her log cabin with a grey centre.

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