I have a thing about self-striping yarns. There’s something fascinating and mesmerizing and magical about watching the colours change. Even the simplest of patterns is transformed into something beautiful and exciting to knit.
Self-striping yarns create all the impact of a multi-coloured project without having to deal with the hassle of alternating skeins (linear stripes) or creating bobbins (intarsia) or mastering the tension of the float (stranded knitting).
Just for the record, I detest stranded knitting 😉
Remember the Noro striped scarf that everyone was knitting three winters ago?
I not only knit four of them, I fell utterly and hopelessly down the rabbit hole and knit an entire blanket in 1 by 1 rib.
Yes. An. Entire. 5′ by 5′. Blanket. (Not that I’d encourage anybody to follow in my footsteps, but here’s the link to the pattern 😉 ).
I literally could not put my needles down, compelled to knit ‘just until I reached the next colour, honey’, often into the wee hours of the night.
Alas, I feel like I’m falling again.
This came home with me from Knit City. A lovely blend of merino, cashmere and nylon (70/20/10) in the rich, jewel-tones that I crave this time of year.
It’s going to be a Boneyard Shawl.
While I love triangular shawls, I do find that the wider, narrower versions are inherently more wearable. Thankfully, Stephen West has published a modified version of the original pattern that’s exactly the shape I prefer (you can find the modified pattern here).
It’s an easy, almost-beginner pattern that can be knit with two different skeins or a single self-striping skein. All you need to know is how to cast on and off, knit, purl, YO (yarn-over) and M1L/M1R (make left and right-leaning stitches; the pattern tells you exactly how to do these last two).
Wondering if I can drag my Facebook knitting group down the rabbit hole with me… (if you’re new to knitting and want to join us on our adventures, just click on the link above and request an invite; we’d love to have you!)
Here’s hoping my three current WIP’s (works-in-progress) will forgive me for stepping out on them…
How many WIP’s do you have on the needles?
What’s your favourite multi-colour knitting technique?