We suffer from a terrible malady, don’t we? These Field Guides are rough on me, a sore test of my skills at delayed gratification. We see designs far ahead of their launch, and it’s such a challenge to keep from casting on.
When I first saw this design, back in 2008 or maybe it just feels that way, I was struck by the way Dee dials back the vibrant palette of our Atlas yarn to land in a very neutral, very beautiful place.
I’m going to take it to a color story that I think will be even deeper than this one.
After a solid half hour in the Atlas aisle at MDK World HQ, I got clarity—thanks to color consultation by Ashley, Natasha, and Hannah. (Our company email was down, so we were just wandering around the building looking for adventure.)
Three colors emerged as the Atlas combo that will make my Autumn Garden Stole a truly late-autumn, after-the-time-change mood:
Black for the edging and the leaves.
Shale for the background.
Lapis for the flowers.
I just cast on the 325 stitches to knit this in the round, feeling so happy to get started on this most hypnotic design.
To get a 40″ circular, I used the little connector gizmo that came with my Tulip interchangeable needle set. Presto! Two regular circular cables = one long one.
The colorwork chart is only 10 x 20 stitches. I’ll be able to carry that in my head in no time.
I’m knitting in the round, so you can see here where my steek is starting to get all checkerboardy.
Wish me luck! Who else is making this Autumn Garden Stole? I think the color possibilities are endless.