Spellcheck: Typeknitting Knitalong Update
Hello friends! If you were wondering, “how’s that stop-drop-and-knit-an-ABC-Blanket knitalong going?”—you’ve come to the right place.
It’s going just great, thank you very much. Is this a massive knitalong? No. It’s the few, the proud, the alphabet knitters, and we’re having a ball. There’s plenty of time to join us, and if you do, you’ll discover a wildly addictive kind of knitting, thanks to Rüdiger Schlömer’s brilliant typeknitting pattern.
In the MDK Lounge
Here are a few highlights from the Typeknitting party in the MDK Lounge.
Pearljam is using a rainbow of Berroco Vintage Baby for her blanket. Seven colors for the seven lines of typography in the blanket. I cannot wait to see that first color change come through!
Virginie is leading the pack so far. She’s setting up for the fourth row, where the actual alphabet starts.
Julie blew my mind by doing an intarsia block for the asterisk. This gave me the idea of highlighting some of the letters, for example: the recipient’s initial. I’m definitely going to be taking this notion into my own typeknitting dreams. For a baby, you could highlight the initials for the parents, the new arrival, and any siblings. If their initials overlap, it would be a snap to place extra letters into the text, perhaps swapping out one of the arrows or dingbats. But the smiley face must be preserved at all costs!
My own blanket? At the end of April, I took it with me on vacation to Morocco, where I took its picture on a rug (as you do)—but did not knit one stitch on it!
Back at home I’m just finishing the third row of type, aka the numbers 1 through 9, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m now pausing to wait for 2 more skeins of Rowan Creative Linen in Silver to arrive from Nashville.
Yarn quantity note: One skein of Stormy and one skein of Silver have gotten me through the first 3 of 7 lines of type, so I’m now confident of finishing the blanket with a total of 3 skeins each of 2 colors. Creative Linen has great yardage!
As you knit, you notice more and more of the details of the font design. It’s so balanced, so elegant. The 3 slipped stitches at the midpoint of the number 3 truly thrill me.
I’m not questioning why I love this so much, I’m just going with it.