Yes, Houston, we have Springtime! After another cool front passed through Tuesday night and rains yesterday morning, today it is gloriously sunny, mild, and pleasant so I was able to get some decent pictures first time trying.
Back in 2016 I was playing around with a shell stitch pattern I found online. Many stitch patterns (especially lacework) can be muddled or even visually lost completely when done using variegated or multi-colored yarns. This shell stitch pattern is actually highlighted with a monochrome gradient or even a multi-color yarn, with each little shell clearly defined. It is a very simple repeat, and it only requires using knits and purls, using a variation of short-row technique. A wonderful feature is that the yarn does all the work to make a beautiful piece, and all you did was knit and purl back and forth.
And here is a quick sample of the same pattern showing how it would look alternating two different colorways.
The stitch design I worked from was intended for machine knitting, but I converted it to hand knitting and wrote out the charts. I did include a suggested stitch count for making the scarf, but also provide instructions for making larger projects so you could make pillow covers, baby blankets, etc. Of course, those who are especially clever can use the same stitch technique for sweaters and other garments. I can play with colors and fill in basic geometric shapes like scarves and shawls, but I am not clever with projects requiring special sizing or shaping like sweaters; I hope that by offering the stitch pattern, others who are more crafty can take it to the next level for their own design work.
To make the scarf as shown, I would strongly recommend using two skeins of Phydlbitz Sock to ensure your scarf will be as long as you might want it to be, especially if you want to add a 5-stitch garter stitch border to prevent curling of the edges. Such a border is not included in the charted stitch pattern instructions, but can be added at the knitter’s discretion.
I am offering the 4-page PDF file free through this weekend (Thursday through Sunday) with the purchase of any two or more skeins from this week’s Blog Reader Special collection or any previously posted Blog Reader Special. I have dyed many of this week’s collection to be especially good for this shell stitch pattern. After Monday, this stitch pattern technique will be posted to the Patterns page at $5.00 for the PDF.
On my monitor the colors look fairly accurate, but on a smaller-screen device like a laptop or phone, some of them may not be clear so I’ll describe some here: .
Twinset #268-269 and #284-285 used the same colors — turquoise, red, royal, and gray. — but applied with a different technique. Twinset #276-277 is a two-tone with chestnut and charcoal. Twinset #280-281 is yellow, orange, red, and charcoal/black. Twinset #282-283 is a gray fade with a charcoal-and-blue tip. Twinset #286-287 is “Two Greens and a Blue”. Twinset #288-289 is a variation of Driftwood with mottled chestnut and gray.
These are all done on Phydlbitz Sock, and will be $27.00 when they are individually reskeined and posted to the Blog Reader Specials page. For Thursday and Friday, you may claim any of this new collection for the preview price of just $25.00 each. There is no requirement to claim a Twinset; take as many or as few as you want at this preview price.
To claim the ones you want, just send me an email with your numbered requests. I will mark your request off on the Available Yarns tally chart below, then send your invoice. Upon payment I will purchase and prepare your shipping label and send your Shell Stitch pattern technique. I expect this week’s yarns to be ready to ship or or about Monday, April 4.
Rack 1 –
266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277
Rack 2 –
278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289