It has come to my attention that some knitters think our patterns are too easy.
One friend in particular is famous for her cabletarsia and Latvian foot knitting. She’ll knit with a 00000 needle, thinks tatting is for wimps, is generally insufferable. In a cheerful way, of course. She knits for the mental exercise, for the chance to dig deep.
Well, Dear Friend of Mine, here you go.
I’d like to present a pattern cooked up by Amy Christoffers that will amuse and delight the knitter in search of a puzzle.
It’s the Peek-through Scarf, a highlight of Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 6: Transparency.
(See all the pattern details on Ravelry, here.)
When Amy sent us a swatch of this stitch pattern, I couldn’t figure out how it was made. How do you get cables to float atop a background of a different color?
First of all, they’re not really cables, but they appear to be cables to the casual observer—you know, us dim-witted garter stitch folk.
Second, the yarn here, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft, makes the most of these two yarns’ proximity to each other. The hazy overlap is what this mohair and silk blend was born to do. (We’re up to 17 shades in the Shop, so there’s an excellent parlor game in picking the shades you want to pair for this.)
This is knitting when you’re game for a bit of challenge. It is perfect, in fact, for a moment when you are not in a hurry, when you feel like spending time with your work.
“Too easy.” Can’t quite let go of that accusation. Scurrilous! Rascals! Can you imagine? That’s like saying a rainbow is too colorful, an episode of The Americans is too creepy, a scoop of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Goat Cheese with Red Cherries is too delicious.
No such thing as too easy! Knitting is supposed to be fun, and for a lot of people, fun = easy.
Happily, for the knitters for whom garter stitch is just not enough, Amy has given us a pattern that allows fun to expand to the puzzly side of knitting. The result is truly extraordinary to make, to touch, to wear. I know Dear Friend of Mine is going to make a pile of these one weekend, as a palate cleanser between her bouts of Reverse Finnish short rows and single-hair camel crochet.