I never thought I’d say these words: I am excited to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond.
But it’s true: My second project from MDK Field Guide No. 13: Master Class is at the finishing-up stage, and it’s time to get a cushion insert for it. Excitement, indeed!
The other day I shared images on Instagram, feeling pretty proud of the RS and also the WS of my 12-inch Striped Cushion.
business (Pinwheel, page 48) on the front, party (Checkerboard, page 42) on the back.
For details on the tiny pattern modification I made to knit the front and back together, in the round, go here.
I love the WS of stranded knitting, so tidy and woven in appearance.
The WS of Pinwheel.
The WS of Checkerboard.
When I showed the WS of my stranded knitting, people remarked on my floats. On the Pinwheel side of the cushion, my floats are longer than an inch, yet I had not “trapped” or caught them to keep from snagging a finger on them. Catching/trapping long floats is a Best Practice in stranded knitting.
I hadn’t done that for two reasons.
Reason number 1: The floats will be on the inside of the cushion, so there is no danger of snagging.
Reason number 2: I forgot how to catch/trap floats.
Then I remembered this excellent video by Suzanne Bryan, which you can watch up top. So straightforward! I would never have been able to figure this out by myself. I know that because I tried, and I was literally moving balls of yarn around to accomplish it. Suzanne’s way is superior by far.
This is a real clip & save for everyone who is new (or new-ish) to stranded knitting, so keep it handy. Here’s how to save this article in your MDK account with one click.
For a blanket or garment, where the floats will inevitably come in contact with the outside world including dogs, cats, and fingers, you’ll definitely want to catch your floats, every 3 or 4 stitches or so. It would be a shame to snag them.
Thank you, Suzanne!