I don’t always knit so hard that my shoulder gets janky, but when I do, it’s because I just can’t help it, because the project is too compelling. Can’t stop won’t stop. Apart from a mild case of arm oochiness, being this deep into the zone of a project is my favorite feeling. I love knitting, Ann! Knitting is just the best!
That’s how it’s been with my Stepping Stone Throw. There is no other knitting project for me right now. I have been knitting it on the subway, in the car, in bed, and while swaying back and forth in front of my new stand-up desk. (I am possibly the last person to defer getting a standing desk until this far into work-from-home pandemic life; mistakes were made.)
The Stepping Stone Throw ticks a multitude of my wild enthusiasm boxes: it’s modular, seamless, colorful, memorizable, and rhythmic, and the simple stitch patterns change often enough to keep me entertained and engaged. It is going so fast that it feels like riding a ride—exhilarating.
Fun fact: it will block to an immaculately flat surface. For now, I’m enjoying the rumbly ride.
As people witness my progress, they keep exclaiming over how fast I knit.
I’m a thrower—my knitting style is called English or American, and it’s not known for speed. The truth: I’m progressing quickly simply because I’m spending so darn many hours knitting on it. In the name of Science, and transparency, here are some data points for you.
Stepping Stone Throw: By the Numbers
With the help of my phone’s stopwatch, here are some knitting times.
Each base triangle and end triangle: 28–29 minutes of knitting
Each rectangle: 60–70 minutes, depending on the stitch pattern. The stockinette-based rectangles, such as the striped (colors: Whisper and Navy) and ladder (Leek) patterns, go the quickest. The broken rib (Wintergreen) and 3 x 3 rib (Merlot) rectangles take a little longer because of switching back and forth from knit to purl. (If your knitting style is continental, is ribbing faster? I would think so, but please let me know.)
Atlas yardage per solid-color row of rectangles: 1 skein for tiers that have 5 rectangles. 1 skein plus about 2 or 3 yards for tiers that have 6 rectangles. (Looking at you, 3 x 3 rib rectangles in Merlot.)
Number of ends to weave in per single-color tier: only 2, unless you needed to crack into a new skein for 2-3 yards to finish the last rectangle in the tier, in which case you’ll have 4 ends to weave in for that tier, and you’ll be kind of mad about it.
Number of ends to weave in per 2-color tier: 22. (Could I avoid a bunch of these by carrying the color-not-in-use up the side of the rectangle instead of cutting it? Yes, but I chose to cut and weave.)
Amount of fun I’m having: incalculable.
Ask me anything about knitting this fantastic throw! Better yet: join me, I would love the company. Find the Stepping Stoners (!) here in The Lounge.
P.S. Guess where I am right now? In your spare room in Nashville, getting ready to jump in the car with you and head Alabama-ward for adventures in the wonderful world of Alabama Chanin. You know what that means: road knitting time! Look for progress updates on my Stepping Stone Throw on my Instagram.