In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth. They're driving to Florida for Ruth's 50th high-school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She's heard he's alone, too?and, well, she's curious. Maybe even hopeful. Bethanne herself needs time to reï ¬ ‚ ect, to ponder a decision she has to make. Her ex-husband, Grant?her children's father?wants to reconcile now that his second marriage has failed. Bethanne's considering it?. Meanwhile, Annie's out to prove to her onetime boyfriend that she can live a brilliant life without him! So there they are, three women driving across America. They have their maps and their ...© 2013 Debbie Macomber / GMC Distribution · Reproduced with permission.
Thread a large eye beading needle with the yarn
and string 475 #08 seed beads, adding extra beads
just to make sure you have enough.
Using straight needles, cast on 215 sts.
Work Ruffle Rows 1-11 and Body Rows 1-21.
Row 1: (P1, P2 tog) 3 times, purl across to last
9 sts, (P2 tog, P1) 3 times: 80 sts.
Row 2: (K8, K2 tog) across: 72 sts.
Row 3 AND ALL WRONG SIDE ROWS: H P1,
WYB slip 1, slide bead up; repeat from H across to
last 2 sts, P2.
Row 4: (K7, K2 tog) across: 64 sts.
Row 6: (K6, K2 tog) across: 56 sts.
Row 8: (K5, K2 tog) across: 48 sts.
Row 10: (K4, K2 tog) across: 40 sts.
Row 12: (K3, K2 tog) across: 32 sts.
Row 14: (K2, K2 tog) across: 24 sts.
Row 16: (K1, K2 tog) across: 16 sts.
Row 18: K2 tog across: 8 sts.
Row 19: Repeat Row 3.
Cut yarn leaving a long end for sewing.
Thread tapestry needle with end and slip
remaining sts onto needle; gather to close
(not tightly) and secure end; sew side
Cut an oval from the tulle, approximately
40" x 55" (101.5 cm x 139.5 cm).
Using the diagram as a guide, sew a
gathering stitch across the width, 5"
(12.5 cm) from the top edge and gather
to equal 3" (7.5 cm). Fold tulle along
gathers and sew gathered edge to wrong
side of knit cap centered at seam.
Beginning at seam, weave 11/4 yards
(1.143 meters) ribbon through Eyelet row;
tie in a bow.