Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Oh My Seven Stars

Several members have asked The Creator about this absurd star stitch blanket he has been doing.

While he was in Dallas a few weekends ago, buying knitting needles at the Signature Needle booth, he tested those needles out by making this stitch in the fabric of many knitters. Low and behold, several members of the knitting community sought this amazing stitch out. People called across the market floor and yelled at him to pop over and tell people how this was done.

Meh, I say. It's pedestrian. Old school. Several people have done it. SEVERAL. But then there is a story behind this stitch. You know The Creator, he has to take something and OWN IT PEOPLE. I'm not sure why, but he simply must.

The Creator is selfishly creating a blanket out of seven different colors of MJ Yarns in seven rows of the stitch pattern (it's actually 7 repeats... but it's a process, people!) Here are all 7 colors in the repeat together.
Tonight's knitting. 7 of 7 blanket.  2nd color repeat color 1 of 7 complete. #knitting #mjyarns
The original idea came from the pattern from this scarf: holding-hands-feeding-ducks pattern. It's a good pattern and The Creator loves the way it looks. One day, he sat down and switchey swatched the pattern. He tried liking it for the yarn he was doing and what he was wanting to do. Frankly, he hated it. There was no pippy poppy to the stars. The stars must POP! They must TWINKLE!

And then a pattern was born as The Creator was thinking about a linen stitch blanket one of his famous knitting boys made and showed off at the last Men's Rocky Mountain Knitting Retreat. He so wanted to make this linen stitch blanket that was displayed, but didn't want to do the back and forth yarn in front, in back, in front slippy thing. And he so wanted to make this HHFD blanket. So, booya, let mash this and make it work. And this was the resulting pattern.

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches, plus 3 (plus 6 edge stitches, three on either side).

Knit 4 rows for a garter stitch border.

Row 1 (RS): Knit all stitches
Row 2 (WS): Knit 3, *P3TOG, leave stitches live on left needle, YO, P3TOG, S1YIB* K3
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit 3, P1, S1YIB *P3TOG, leave stitches live on left needle, YO, P3TOG, S1YIB*, P1, K3

Knit 4 rows and bind off.

There are some simple notes about this pattern. The yarn is fingering weight and the Creator is using size 5. I'll leave it up to you to swatch and find the right needle size for you to make the stars. It works better with a larger needle. Just sayin.

When this blanket gets done, I'm sure the Creator will make something more special for you all and sell it and make a profit on it. He really needs to, after all he did buy that pretty set of Signature Needles and they work great for this pattern. Again, just sayin.

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