A self-described “fiber artist addict,” Mike Horwath is an avid machine knitter with a goal of publishing more patterns in 2015. His first of the year is the Deep Ocean Waves Baby Blanket, which is knit in Berroco Remix.
As Mike explains it, the yarn chose him – for this project and several others that will be a part of his “Earth Child Baby Blanket” series. The blanket is knit in a pattern of eyelets and decreases, creating rows of overlapping curves. The finished piece is approximately 30 by 38 inches, making it a great size for babies and toddlers.
Any interesting stories about your process?
As a machine knitter, people think I just grab a yarn, throw it on a machine and it knits. Nope. I go through the same process as any other fiber artist – from choosing the yarn and deciding on a stitch, to casting on and binding off. I do really like to take handknitting stitches and convert them to machine knit stitches.
What do you like best about the yarn?
I love that it is recycled and machine washable. Also, I love the tweedy/earthy look of it. It has fast become one of my favorite yarns! There are more “Earth Child Baby Blankets” planned – in at least two other colors.
If you could knit/crochet something for anyone in the world it would be…?
My only real answer to this is charity blankets. I am going to do some this year.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting/crochet?
Fiber Arts brought my partner and I together, so it will always be one of those special things. Beyond that, I really feel that it is my calming point. When I am stressed, all I want to do is knit. We go yarn shopping- a lot. Often, our vacations are centered around a new yarn store.