While I've always had a hard time resisting super-saturated, gorgeous kettle-dyed yarns of any color(Madelinetosh, I'm talking about you), lately I find myself getting drawn towards fair isle and intarsia patterns more and more frequently. It's the combination of bright and funky colors that's been catching my eye, and making my fingers itchy to cast-on for yet another project (to the detriment of my countless WIPs!).
It all started with mittens. My "not-so-manly mittens" were my first foray into stranded knitting. And although I loved them, my knitting took other directions as I felted purses and began knitting my first sweaters. Several years later, it's two books that are really reigniting my desire to do some stranded knitting.
The first book that has me drooling is Charlene Schurch's Mostly Mittens. I love the clean beauty of these graphic designs from Russia ...
I love her color combinations, especially the vibrant oranges, raspberries, blues, and chartreuse greens. Just take a look at these beauties ...
many hearts baby blanket." Once I saw it, I had visions of a twin-sized version for my daughter's "big girl" bed (yup, to go with the crosses quilt).
I'm using Knit Picks Swish Worsted (superwash) for these blocks, and they knit up really quickly (which is good, since I'll need quite a few to upsize this pattern from a baby blanket to a twin-bed size!). The pattern instructs you to use intarsia, but I switched to stranded knitting after my first intarsia block--there were tons of ends and it just didn't look good. If the heart was solid, then intarsia would be perfect for this project. Here's a few of my first blocks ... that's a light yellow with the turquoise blue block in the back ... I definitely need to find a good green to add to the mix!
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