Dee Hardwicke’s Cottage Throw is as delightful to have and to hold—and not as daunting to knit—as it looks. If this design is in your queue, kick it up from the “when I’m retired” spot to “casting on as soon as the yarn gets here.”
We’ve got all the how-to you need:
That’s probably more than you need. The colors and variety and rhythm of Dee’s charming motifs kept me going through six panels.
Preliminary color stories
There’s really no way to go wrong building your own palette of Atlas colors.
Apply that Black and White filter to check contrast. You want two motif shades in each trio that stand out against the background.
Here are my picks panel-by-panel.
Mallard + Clementine and Tutu
Whisper + Truffle and Cedar
Cedar + Leek and Tutu
Seaglass + Cedar and Barn Red … and Clementine and Pear
Navy + Pear and Natural
And because I loved this combination so much the first time: Cork + Mallard and Barn Red.
All together now! (You can see better that whisper is the palest lavender shade in this shot.)
I used 2 skeins each of Seaglass, Mallard, Cedar, and Navy and 1 skein each Barn Red, Cork, Leek, Natural, Pear, Truffle, Tutu, Clementine, and Whisper. Instead of knitting a seed stitch border in a single color, I knit each side in garter stitch in Clementine, Leek, Navy, and Natural and then I cast-off in a contrasting color.
And here is the Field Guide sample in the palette of Atlas picked by Dee.
Cottage Throw Classic
Seaglass, Shale, Navy, Peat, Cork, Tutu, Barn Red, Whisper, Pear, Natural, Leek, and Truffle. The number of skeins you need of each color is right here on the Cottage Throw Pattern Library page.
For a blue ribbon winning version of Atlas colors against two creamy yarns, take a look at Kathy’s version here on Ravelry.