Monday, January 17, 2011
Next SuperScarves Pattern - The Football Mosaic Scarf
Working on my 5th Super Scarf (for the volunteers that will help when Indianapolis hosts the Super Bowl in 2012. I swatched up several stitch patterns (mostly from the wonderful Barbara Walker Treasury series) but I just wasn't hitting on anything that met my latest design criteria - EASY, FAST, FUN. I would have liked to add Reversible to the list, but one can't have everything all the time!
So I settled in on Mosaic Stitch patterns. If you aren't familiar with these, they are really nifty designs that work great in two colors. When worked in garter stitch (knit every row) you get great texture, and what looks like two-colored stranded work, without the need to work with both colors at the same time. I wanted a "football theme - what better than footballs themselves.
How is this done? With slipped stitches, By slipping stitches from the previous row (knit in the alternate color) without working them with the new color, the alternate color is "pulled up" into the next row. Voila, two colors in one row without stranding. I'm using the colors established for the "super scarves" but i think these would look great in any team colors. There could be a maize and blue one in my near future.
There are some restrictions that make the design process interesting and fun. And I find working these designs really fast - I get the "just one more row" syndrome whenever I work from a chart. The download for the pattern is available over in the complimentary pattern section on the right, or from the link to my ravely store at the top.
I hope you give this a try- it really is nothing more than a garter stitch scarf.
I also think this pattern would look very interesting if done in the round using stockinette stitch. Maybe a felted bag?