I just started knitting Frankie Brown’s Ten Stitch Twist Blanket. She has the neatest charity concept – she’s selected a charity close to her heart – the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, and offers her patterns free on Ravelry, hoping that those who use her patterns will donate to the charity. This is a great way to support a charity when you select a pattern, then you can also give the finished product away to another charity if you like.
I’m using Palette yarn double stranded, two colors at a time. And, I’m alternating when the colors switch so it has a somewhat gradated look. I’m going to keep knitting until the blanket is 60″ across. Alison commented that this construction technique is as close to crochet as knitting will ever get because you only have 10 stitches on your needles at any one time.
Double stranding two colors at a time, alternating the switch-outs for new colors to make gradual gradations.
Here is my color sequence in Palette yarn, from the center out:
I’m changing one color every 3/4 round – dropping the oldest color and adding the next one on this list.
At the k2tog to join the new round to the circle, I’m only picking up half of the stitch from the body of the circle, like a lace join. I love the raised ridge that picking up the top half of that stitch creates (most visible in the top picture) on the back side of the blanket. The front side looks fine too, but doesn’t have that pronounced ridge. (Since garter stitch is reversible, I think of the back side as my “right” side since I like the way the spiral ridge looks.) I accidentally was picking up the bottom half of the stitch for a while, and while noticeable, not worth it to me to frog back to correct.
This is perfect meeting knitting because it requires almost no thought…. I decided to pick up my wraps, although you don’t really need to in garter stitch. I think it’s a little tidier to do so, and I finally figured out how to read the rows to see where a wrap pick up is. This is handy to know because for every round around the center, you increase one more garter row between the short row rows. <