The Accidental FO: Pressed Flowers
Once in a while, people ask us, how do you knit so fast? And we always say the same thing: We just knit a lot. You and I, and a lot of people we work with and know, have a very low threshold when it comes to “can we knit in this situation?”
If your default attitude toward life is that you could probably be knitting right now, you just naturally get in a lot of stitches and rows. The Zoom lifestyle has only enhanced this, I find. I get twitchy if I don’t have the needles going. So, if I’ve got, say, a Mood Cardigan in need of a seam, and a Zoom or a car ride is imminent, I will cast on a new project without even thinking about it. I have to have a project going at all times, and it has to be in a non-seaming, non-shaping, non-thinking state of play, so that I can just pick it up and knit.
That’s how I achieved my latest FO, Pressed Flowers, a shawl by Amy Christoffers. One Saturday, the fam was heading out on a day trip for Social Distancing Fun Times, the pieces of my Mood Cardigan were just that—pieces—so I foraged a few balls of Felted Tweed (3 in each of two colors—Seafarer and Clay), printed out the pattern, and off I went.
It’s a fun knit. You concentrate hard for the first, blessedly short repeat of the flower motif, and then you’ve got it and you’re off to the races.
I was never really trying to finish it. But as happens with things that are fun to knit, you keep knitting, and they grow, and then they’re done.
I love this thing.
I promised I would show the wrong side of the fabric. Mosaic stitches make lovely flat fabrics, which look woven on the WS. This makes mosaic fabrics especially nice for faux-ven (faux woven) items, such as dishcloths, towels, placemats, rugs, and also for things like shawls, where the WS is going to be on display some of the time.
Ever since it came off the back porch blocking table, this thing has been around my neck at the slightest hint of chill in the air. It’s super handy that most of my clothing is navy blue now.
I wear it all squished up, with the triangle hanging down in front. I’ve never been a party-in-the-back person.
This shot was supposed to juxtapose air-drying hydrangeas with the Pressed Flowers motif. It’s called art direction, gosh.
If you happen to have a few spare balls of Felted Tweed, this is a perfect project. It would also be fun to change the color of the flowers and/or the background for the border section. I want to do another one in two natural-color wools, light and dark, and another one in linen or a linen/cotton blend. And I also want to do some dishcloths in this stitch pattern. It’s just got that special something that makes you want to keep knitting it. It helps that the square flowers make me think of Marimekko and Orla Kiely.
Or maybe my next 6 balls of Felted Tweed could be a Bracken.
Thanks to ever-clever Amy Christoffers for another great pattern.