As I was waiting impatiently in the express checkout at the grocery store behind people who can’t count to 8, I noticed the scarf a man in the next line was wearing. Then I started trying to figure out how to make it using knitting. Then the perfect name for it popped into my head and I knew I had to make it.
I had to figure out how to make double knitting combined with intarsia look good. It took a little fiddling around, but I think I’ve got something that works. It gives a nice thick double knit fabric with a completely reversible striped pattern.
And voila, here’s a pot holder. The pattern name? Gingham Style. It uses about 50-60 grams of of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in 2 colours (but you could use more colours if you have lots of little leftovers).
Here’s a scarf-in-progress using the same idea, done with 4 different colours of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (sport weight). I think it’ll work out to a decent length, around 4 feet, although I wish I had 2 skeins of each colour instead of just 1. Compared to working with the cotton it’s pure luxury to work with this alpaca/wool blend.
I have hung onto these skeins for a couple of years waiting for the right project. I *love* these colours and I’m very happy with how this is going.
I’m writing up the pattern and some intrepid testers are willing to give it a go shortly. There’s still room for more, if you’re willing to give it a go. The pattern will be out as quickly as possible because a return to non-knitting contracting is in my near future!