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the center panel

Knowing that M is crazy for B & W stripes, I started my panel with B & W stripes :) Aiming for reversibility, and reduced curling, I decided to alternate rev st st and st st. The little interchange of color that happens when one color meets another on a “garter” row is a fav of mine. Figuring on the recommended gauge of 5 sts/in, I cast on 80 sts (16 sts x 5 sts/ inch). Four rows of st st alternate with rows of reverse stst – change colors and stitch at the same time.

I worked the stripes until I was good and bored and it looked like I had enough – no grand plan, no special proportions. Next, Mustard made for a nice contrast and I began a woven pattern. One row of st st made a good base before beginning the actual stitch part. I was trying to think like Margery, which a was freeing and fun. So, on the set up row, I worked 10 sts each stst and garter a few times and then started to mix it up, throwing in a few fives and later a 15 and a few fives to round it out again. I worked as established for a few inches and then reversed the stst and garter. That repeated a few times and then worked a few blocks that were half as high to balance out the narrower vertical bits. Eventually I ran out of mustard, went back to B & W stripes for a bit, worked black in moss st for a bit and threw in some more stripes. When I ran out of black I switched to the lovely heathered warm brown shade (woodland mix), worked one base row in st st and chilled out on some more moss st. Un peu bored, I went back to alternating st st and rev st st , then back to moss, stopping when my 60″ was up. All in all, good masterpiece theatre or NOVA knitting.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. I wish there were a close up so we could see the reverse playing wiht the ‘regular’ st st and elsewhere!

    May 18, 2008
  2. That blanket is just stunning. Thanks for sharing your working process!

    May 18, 2008
  3. This is great- thank you for outlining the process!

    May 18, 2008
  4. It really is stunning. Thanks for sharing!

    May 18, 2008
  5. Kate G. #

    So happy you are finally dissecting the blanket, Norah. The palette is wonderful and the random stitch mix in the mustard panel sounds intriguing. Bored knitters unite!

    May 19, 2008
  6. ana #

    Very nice work! The colors are wonderful and I love the stripes.

    May 19, 2008

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