I joined the MDK team just after Field Guide No. 5: Sequences was published, and this sequences and log cabin knitting mash-up by Ann has been in my mental/emotional knitting queue ever since:
Photo by Sara Remington and Styling by Alessandra Mortola for Field Guide No. 5: Sequences
In “The Joy of Improv” on page 38 of the Field Guide Ann writes:
I began a log cabin blanket, applying just a couple of rules: Every patch had to be 3″ (7.5 cm) high. And I was not allowed to study any of the pictures of the sequence swatches.
Just the right combo of guideline and free-for-all.
Happily for me and my family, the expectation of a new baby niece gave me just the right project to flex my MDK improv joy. I ordered up four skeins of Lichen and Lace Superwash Worsted (25% off!) in Sugar Plum.
At the heart of the blanket I wanted a … heart! I used the intarsia swatch chart from Skill Set: Beginning Knitting, subbing reverse stockinette for the different color yarn that is called for to form the motif.
After casting off my heart swatch, I propped open my copy of Field Guide No. 5: Sequences to the Corrugated Shawl table on page 14 and followed the principles of log cabin knitting from Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin.
The first four “logs” are the same sequence—broken 2 x 2 garter—framing the heart. From there, I mixed it up trying different sequence patterns in no particular order. Part of the joy of this is in choosing sequences as you go. Hot tip: Make sure you pick up an even number of stitches for each new block—multiples of 8 will exactly match the way each sequence knits up for the Corrugated Shawl and multiples of 4 will throw in a happy variation. Just see what happens! I threw in blocks of seed stitch and moss stitch and a wide rib here and there. I finished with a border of garter stitch blocks.
I wanted to end up with a small blanket just right for laying a newborn down on the grass for tummy time and to get her Vitamin D, or to tuck in neatly around her in her stroller.
mission accomplished! More details and the backside view on my Ravelry project page.
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