Stop the Show: It’s the Cottage Throw
Greetings, colorwork lovers. Today we wrap up our tour of MDK Field Guide No. 25: Botanica with the pièce de résistance, the blankie de tutti blankies, the wedding dress at the fashion show: Dee Hardwicke’s amazing amazing, mille fois amazing Cottage Throw.
The Cottage Throw is New York’s hottest club—it has it all. It’s got a trifecta of all-time favorite motifs loved by all sentient beings: houses, trees, and flowers, plus bonus leaves and mysterious triangle-squiggles. In lofty, softy Atlas, it’s a dreamboat of a blanket project.
I could stare at the Cottage Throw for hours. It must be mine!
For such a showstopper, the how-tos of the Cottage Throw are elemental and elementary. Once again, we’ll be performing the party trick of working stranded colorwork flat, meaning back and forth, in rows, with a purl side—we’re going to get good at this, and it’s going to be fine.
The throw consists of six panels, each of which uses only three colors—making for a great portable project. The panels all use the same chart, but for the photography sample, Dee chose a different colorway for each panel. Her palette is rich and nuanced, with unexpected combinations that sing individually, and then combine magnificently. How does she do it? She swatches, patiently and prolifically. She paints, and I would imagine she stares long and hard before committing to a combo. It’s really something.
After the knitting—which I predict will fly, because the chart is so knitter-friendly, the shapes so geometric and memorizable—the six panels are seamed together using mattress stitch. Then stitches are picked up for each of the long and short edges, and worked as a narrow band of seed stitch. Presto: it’s an heirloom to cherish forever.
To make it easy to recreate Dee’s masterpiece, we’ve bundled the colors needed to make the Cottage Throw exactly as shown in Field Guide No. 25: Botanica.
When you see the colors laid out in 16 skeins for the Cottage Throw Bundle, the artfulness of Dee’s eye is all the more amazing.
I cannot wait to get this one going. Who’s with me? Let’s go!
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