As Kaffe Fassett’s designs evolved for Field Guide No. 13: Master Class, I knew very early which project would be my first to knit.
The Stranded Stripe Throw, oh wow. The obvious choice.
ADORABLE Baby not included.
This project hits everything I love to do in knitting. I wanted to make my own version of this idea, picking motifs and colors of my own.
I like a big blanket.
I embarked on my odyssey the night before Halloween. I got so jacked up on Milk Duds that I decided then and there that I would make my blanket 252 stitches across, aiming for 42″ width, not the 174 stitches listed in the pattern, which comes out at 32″ wide. I’m aiming for 60″ height, not the 40″ of the sample.
It’s the most fun. I love what happens when you knit two colors in one row. It looks so fancy. But it’s actually not. I’m no Hazel Tindall when it comes to Fair Isle speed knitting, but I do find I’m in a groove now.
The simplicity of Kaffe’s motifs makes this totally rhythmic knitting.
I also have stopped fixing food, making the bed, and am mostly wearing what can charitably be called athleisure. Pare down the distractions and all of a sudden, you have a lot more time for something like this.
Tons of Colors
As written, Kaffe’s design uses 14 motifs and 17 colors of Rowan Felted Tweed. Fabulous!
Before this golden age of gradients and ombrés and fades, knitters had to create color-shifting effects one yarn at a time, blended row by row as a Fair Isle pattern was knitted. I’ve made several pullovers in this way, so I craved the prospect of combining colors and thinking about the effects that are possible using solid color yarns.
I spend a fair amount of time gazing upon the back of this blanket.
And Felted Tweed is a truly extraordinary yarn. I scavenged all the spare balls and oddments that had been used for photo shoots and samples. I ended up with 27 colors. I doubt I’ll use them all, but it’s fun to have such a paintbox at hand.
The blanket is knitted in the round, with a steek to cut at the end. A five-foot-long steek? Who wouldn’t want to go for that?
The steek is five stitches that will be cut down the middle and secured during the finishing of the blanket.
The Secret to Making a Big Kaffe Fassett Blanket?
It’s pretty easy, actually: to make a big Kaffe Fassett blanket, all you need to do is to start.
Once you commit to the starting, you’ll soon wake up in the morning thinking things like: That triangle chart. The next pattern will be that triangle chart. Or you’ll be in line at CVS and get whacked on the head with the idea of Tawny and Granite. TAWNY AND GRANITE THAT IS THE ANSWER.
Tawny and Granite in the Boxes motif, which I edited to make less busy.
So there you go. We instantly sold out of our Stranded Stripe Throw Bundles, so I know there are other nuts out there like me. I can’t wait to see how your blankets come together. (More bundles are on the way, so when you place a backorder now, we’ll get your bundle to you as fast as we can. Or you can pick your own individual palette of Felted Tweed colors from the Shop—we do have 30 to choose from.)
Colors I’ve used so far: Turquoise, Mineral, Seafarer, Lotus Leaf, Alabaster, Treacle, Vaseline Green, Zinnia, Camel, Tawny.
I’m a third of the way through, and it’s November 12. Two weeks in. I guess you could say I’m properly into it.