Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thirty Stitches

Knit Textures
Blue Sky Alpacas' Organic Cotton (l-r: Bone, Espresso, Willow, Sage)

Thirty stitches. That's how many I cast onto my size 9 (US) straights. Thirty stitches. If you do the math, that means I've got quite a few possibilities for texture and pattern blocks to make up my scrummy organic cotton throw. So far, I've combined 5 (bone), 6 (willow and sage) and 15 (espresso) stitch patterns. Believe it or not, I've got my eye on a 30 stitch leaf motif that should be quite striking.

Originally, my plan was to create four squares since I settled on four colors of yarn, which is, by the way, some of the most deliciously soft, plump cotton I've ever tried. You may have read about it like I did at Knit and Tonic. Wendy showed a basket full of the sportweight version of this yarn, whereas I opted for the plumper worsted weight. I kid you not. This is the softest, most pet-worthy cotton yarn I've ever touched. No "rough and ready" business here.

Ah, but I digress. I was at "four squares, four colors." As I looked through various stitch dictionaries, I realized just how foolish I was to limit myself - especially after doodling with a few different stitch-number scenarios and hitting on 30 as "just right!" I've picked out eight patterns and will assign each color one of two options. That should provide enough textural diversity and, along with the approximately 1200 yards of yarn, quite a patchwork of 16" x 8" strips: soft enough and varied enough to make for an interesting knit.

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Blogger KnitNana said...

Yummy! It's so cushy-looking!

1/31/2008 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Not only does it look soft as butter, the stitch definition is incredible! What a winner!

1/31/2008 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

love the idea of eight different patterns. i it does look like i want to dive right into the computer and land on top of it!
have a wonderful weekend, karen.

2/01/2008 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh what wonderful texture! I will have to check that yarn out. It looks like it knits up beautifully!

2/01/2008 04:06:00 PM  
Blogger The Happy College Knitter said...

I bet it'd be wonderful to curl up next to that afghan once it's finished! It looks absolutely lovely.

Ooo, also, I fell in love with your Mia shrug and sent the link to my mom to show her. My brother is getting married in April and his fiance's dress will be strapless--She asked my mom and I for suggestions on shrug patterns to make for her and I'm confident that yours will be the winner! I will definitely keep you posted :)

2/01/2008 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

In a word: oooh.

2/01/2008 06:44:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

love the stitches. Can't wait to see it grow

2/02/2008 03:56:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Ooooooh! Aaaaaaaah! That will be a gorgeous blanket, Karen. Can't wait to see it as it progresses. Keep working on feeling well, OK?

2/03/2008 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Wow! That really looks great. This is going to be a fabulous project. I'm excited to see all the strips!

2/04/2008 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Two Cables and a Frapp said...

This yarn can't help it, it's just beautiful.

2/04/2008 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

WOW, this is looking so beautiful! I love how you are using so many patterns to make it. This are yummy colors and even more...I really like how they mingle with each other so perfectly well! Just beautiful and so creative.

2/10/2008 07:38:00 AM  

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