After a delightful dalliance with Kaffe’s Pinwheel pattern, I turned around and ran straight into the loving arms of a stitch pattern that I’ve already knit for five feet or so.
You guessed it. I’m back at the Coins again.
Sometimes a stitch pattern is Your Pattern. You must embrace that pattern with all your heart.
Ann: This is your fault, kind of. The sight of you wearing your Stranded Stripe Throw as a regal, flowing garment all weekend as you trod the psychedelic carpet of the Marriott Marquis for Vogue Knitting Live—it was intoxicating. That throw, at the enlarged scale of your modification, is a breathtaking piece of knitting. And since I had watched you knitting on it for an entire weekend in Florida back in November, I knew for sure that this project would be Good Fun.
When it crossed my mind that I could knit an entire blanket’s worth of Coins—Coins, Coins, and more Coins—I couldn’t resist it.
To amuse myself, I’m using every color in my big bag o’ tweedies. It’s not the full palette of Felted Tweed that Kaffe deployed for the patterns in MDK Field Guide No. 13, but it comes pretty close. I may be requisitioning the missing shades from MDK World Headquarters, so that my Stranded Stripe Throw can live up to its working title: the Shade Card Blanket.
Things to Know
I cast on 254 stitches. That’s the 8-stitch multiple of Coins times 31, plus 1 stitch to set the pattern symmetrically, plus 5 stitches for the steek. For a frame of reference, the cast-on for the Stranded Stripe Throw in its original dimensions is 174 stitches.
The Coins go on and on…
The background color is Stone. As charted out in the Field Guide, the background color for the coins motif typically changes for each new stripe. I’m not doing that. I like the look of the coins floating in space. The juicier colors of Felted Tweed pop against the Stone background—that Vaseline Green, fourth from the left!—while the more blah shades melt into it, in a way I find very pleasing.
When I’ve done a row of coins in every color I’ve got, I’ll assess the length. To make it long enough, I think I’ll need to work my way through the stripe sequence (30 colors or so) one more time, in reverse order.
I’m vaguely alternating warm and cool colors. I can never figure out whether lavender/purple tones are warm or cool, so they are universal donors.
I am knitting the steek in vertical stripes because it looks cool, and so that I’ll have a nice clear line, in Stone, to cut down the middle.
Vaseline Green, sandwiched between rage and Zinnia—the thrill never gets old.
Yes, I’m planning on doing the needle-felted steek. We only live once! Grab for the gusto!
I can say without exaggeration that this blanket is my life right now. I’ve fallen asleep knitting it. When even partially awake, I’m either knitting on it, or wishing I were knitting on it.