Originally Published August 3, 2015
This Week's Inspiration...Times Two!
First up: Purl Bee's Mosaic Blanket, inspired by a stitch pattern from knitting legend Barbara Walker. Walker strove to discover those moments in knitting when something seemingly intricate turns out to be very easy. Finding color work’s bobbins and multiple strands of yarn cumbersome, she developed a slip-stitch technique she called “Mosaic Knitting,” a clever way to create elaborate, colorful patterns using only basic stitches (knit, slip and occasionally purl). As Walker herself discovered, there is beauty in simplicity…and that simplicity is front and center in this Mosaic Blanket (although you won’t have to tell anyone just how simple it actually is to make!) The free pattern is explained in two ways: written out row-by-row and illustrated in chart form. Follow whichever pattern makes more sense to you!
Second: keep baby stylish and warm in the Plymouth Double Breasted Baby Cardigan! The pattern includes instructions for 0-3, (6-12, 18-24) months.
Both the blanket and the cardigan are shown here knit in Select Worsted Merino Superwash from Plymouth, which offers the warmth of wool and plenty of yardage, along with the added benefit of machine washability. On top of all of those great features, Worsted Merino Superwash comes in a wonderful variety of colors! It's perfect for projects for the entire family with a great range of colors. (100% Merino, 218 yds).
Yet MORE Inspiration!
Interlude is a contemporary crescent-shaped shawl without a lot of extra frills. Clean and simple lace sections add a dash of femininity, while staying on the right side of girly. It’s worked top down in garter stitch with one skein of fingering weight yarn. We used Merino Silk Fine, a luxuriously soft merino/silk blend from SweetGeorgia Yarns and it is a true pleasure to knit with. This fingering weight yarn is perfect for projects intended to be worn next to the skin or to give a special sheen to your next shawl project. (50% Merino/50% Silk, 380 yds).
A Note from Christina, Organizer of Threads of Kindness: