We love A Year of Techniques so much. We hope you’re enjoying the journey toward increased cleverness. If you’re one for dipping in and out of organized education programs, this month’s project is particularly juicy, easy fun. Jump in. Lean in. Get in. C’mon!
Martina Behm’s brand-new pattern, the Wood Warbler Cowl, has no obvious beginning or end. Elegant. Clever. With pointy bits.
How does she achieve this infinite loop?
She grafts the beginning and end together in garter stitch.
Maybe you’ve had a shot at grafting stockinette stitch, also known as Kitchener stitch. This month’s technique is similar but not the same. Jen’s video up top explains exactly how to do garter stitch grafting.
Jen Arnall-Culliford, done with her cowl. Look at her glee!
This month’s project means we get to welcome the marvelous designer Martina Behm to MDK. Welcome, Martina! As eternal promoters of the joy of garter stitch, we applaud this clever pattern that takes garter stitch on a new and fascinating path.
How to Get in on This Clever Cowl
Get the pattern. If you have already bought your Year of Techniques ebook, this new Wood Warbler Cowl pattern has been delivered to your Ravelry library, ready to go. If you need to buy your Year of Techniques ebook, head over to Arnall-Culliford Knitwear where you can purchase your ebook and/or print copy of A Year of Techniques—it includes 12 patterns for the whole program.
Get the yarn. Schoppel-Wolle Gradient is the yarn of choice this month. It is a merino single with the long, slow color shifts that are oddly compelling. We’ll be frank: we underestimated how many of you would jump in on this month’s project, so our stock of Schoppel-Wolle Gradient kits is woefully low. We’ll have more on hand in two weeks, but we apologize for being idiots about this. If you’d like to order the Autumn Kit of yarns from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear, you’ll receive yarns for this and the next two AYOT projects. Order here.
If you have two skeins of worsted yarn in gradient colors, or a gradient plus a solid, the Wood Warbler Cowl will come together nicely. Noro Silk Garden is an obvious idea here. Or any slow-shifting variegated yarn.
Join the conversation. We’ll be over in the Lounge talking about the Wood Warbler Cowl, in the topic “Technique Number 7: Grafting in Garter Stitch.” And of course, the gang will be carrying on about it in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group. It’s a super cheerful and helpful bunch of knitters.