Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns.

This first month of 2017 has been crazy busy – travel and trade shows, new puppy and new presidential craziness, editorial calendars and planning, holiday packing-up and kids back to school. My head might literally be spinning — Ok, maybe not, but it sure was close there a couple of times, I am sure of it.

When I was mulling over what to knit for my swatch, I knew I wanted something soothing, subdued, strong and comfortable. Like a good, supportive friend to lean on. Or losing oneself in the quiet wind that whispers through the tall trees in the woods. Or as if standing on a mountaintop and feeling the permanence under your feet.

Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns. Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns.

Rusted is a colourway that invoked those feelings for me. I also pulled out a little Silver to see how it coordinated.

Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns. Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns.

Using a variation of Bamboo stitch, with a simple yarn over that is passed over two stitches, makes columns of Stockinette stitch become more defined and significant. I found myself a little surprised, yet wholly enchanted, with the final outcome. Worked up in CashLuxe Fine, with size 3 needles, the final effect is both ultra-lightweight and “solid” feeling, deliciously soft and while still substantial.

Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns. Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns.

Why don’t you give it a try?

Diagonal Bamboo (mult of 2 sts)

Set-up Row (WS): K1, purl to last st, k1.

Row 1 (RS): K1, *yo, k2, pass the yo over the 2 sts; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2: K1, purl to last st, k1.

Row 3: K2, *yo, k2, pass the yo over the 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 4: Same as Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 for pattern.

What memories, ideas, or emotions does Rusted (or Silver) stir up in you? What project would you love to make with them?

Colourful, Playful Stitches: Rusted in CashLuxe Fine by SweetGeorgia Yarns.

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