What can you do with two stitches? That is the question that prompted this exploration into simple knitting. After combing through stitch dictionaries I compiled a list of stitch patterns that used a repeat of a maximum of two stitches. It was quite a list. So I narrowed it down even further so that each has a maximum of only four rows. Next, I decided that I wanted to keep the patterns super simple so that they were able to work with all of the patterns (and fit with my playful Seussian theme). This led me to remove all of the lace patterns from my list, there were quite a few. If I had kept them we would have gotten into some gauge and sizing issues. Finally, the swatching began. The results of my marathon of swatching was a mini-stitch dictionary containing fourteen different stitches that you can plug into the four patterns.
In the ebook you will find instructions for all fourteen stitch patterns with clear swatch photos. Then in the pattern section are the instructions for how to choose your preferred stitch pattern and use it to work each of the fun accessories. Now, if you are only interested in one of the pictured projects you can also buy those as individual, separate patterns. Those single patterns contain the instructions on how to knit the pattern in the stitch that I chose. If you are looking for a bargin, the ebook is the way to go. With four patterns and over a dozen different stitch patterns to choose from your possibilities are endless.
Let’s look at the patterns shall we?
To Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street was Dr. Seuss’s first book and I thought the name paired beautifully with this piece. This shawl is worked in the amazingly drapey 100% mulberry silk Moria from Malabrigo. You need three 50g skeins to complete the piece. It is unusually shaped in that it begins as a bottom up triangle but then takes a swerve to the left. You continue increasing on one edge but begin decreasing on the opposing edge until you taper to a long, elegant point. One of the benefits of this shape is that both your cast-on and bind-off are only a few stitches! I worked the pattern with a slipped stitch motif, but you could choose your own and even choose multiple stitches and mix it up.
Ring the Gack is one of the games invented by the good Doctor in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and I just had to work the name in somewhere. I think it fits this cowlette. A cowlette is a shawl/cowl hybrid that gives the effect of wearing a triangular shawl wrapped around your neck without all of the pesky wrapping part. It is knit entirely in the round with increases that create the front point. Worked up in one skein of 100% superwash merino of Malabrigo Rios this project is super fast and fun. As you can see it is truly unisex and will keep the chill off anyone who wears it. I used a stitch that produced a interesting horizontal texture, but you could use whatever you want. I think this one would work particularly well with mostly stockinette or garter interspersed with bands of another texture.
Pat, Pat. Pat sat on a hat! Pat, Pat. Pat sat on a bat! NO PAT NO, don’t sit on that. These words and the accompanying illustrations in Hop on Pop would send my 2 yr old son into fits of laughter so I had to use the name. To make this hat easy to knit I have designed panels in two stitch increments that are fitted neatly between stockinette columns. The columns provide space to easily work the crown decreases to a neat finish. The stitch I used in the sample is the most open one in the dictionary but most any of them will work . You could even choose different textures for different panels for a cool look. This pattern calls for Malabrigo Twist, which is a great yarn to work with and provides fabulous stitch definition.
Sala-ma-Sond is the name of the pond where Yertle the Turtle was king. Things didn’t end well for him but this scarf will definitely end well for you! Everyone needs a go-to scarf pattern and that was my aim for this project. The central panel can have most any of the stitches from the dictionary inserted and it rides between cables that spiral up the selvedge to provide a neat and roll free edge. The cables are super easy to work even without a cable needle and it makes it look like you worked super hard (when you didn’t). Adding to the ease of the pattern is the great Chunky yarn from Malabrigo called Mecha. But of course it’s a scarf and you could pretty much use whatever yarn/needle combo you desire. You just have to adjust the cast-on number to a width that pleases you. With all of this flexibility and the different stitch options, you might not need another scarf pattern ever.
For LYS owners!
If you carry Malabrigo and think that this would be a great match for your store the printed booklet is available wholesale through my distributor Stitch Sprouts!