I wanted an easy project, with an easy-to-memorize pattern, that I could pick up and set down without fear of losing my place, and which would be transportable.
While I didn’t find quite what I was looking for in my usual places (my digital library, Ravelry, Pinterest), I did find some things that seemed close.
Meanwhile, I had time for a visit to my favorite LYS, River Knits, where I enjoy spending time between meetings when I am in downtown Lafayette (Indiana). I picked up two balls of Berroco Millefiori, in color 7891 “Terra.” This is a nice variegated yarn in a bulky (#4) size. The color patterns looked nice, but would not show up well in a fussy pattern (lacy or otherwise). I found a herringbone stitch that I liked, but thought that it would look too plain for the nice yarn. I decided to make it a diagonal herringbone, and it turned out just like I wanted.
Pattern is easy: Cast on 35 stitches (or any odd number).
- Row 1 – Knit through front and back of first two stitches (increase 2), *Slip 1, Knit 1, pass slipped stitch over knitted stitch and knit slipped stitch. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 2 together (decrease 2).
- Row 2 – Purl 2, Knit 1, *Purl 2 together, then purl through 2nd stitch before dropping off needle. Repeat from * to end.
- Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until you have just enough yarn left to bind off. I used two skeins of the Millefiori, which was perfect for this project.
I think the herringbone stitch and diagonal format worked well with this yarn, and I really enjoyed this project. The resulting fabric is soft but sturdy and will make a nice warm gift.