I've decided to try a couple of new knitting techniques, so that I may create this glorious blanket. Such a beautiful and striking design!
While I absolutely love the finished projects that incorporate it, stranded color-work in knitting has always been a challenge for me. I taught myself the basics of the technique many moons ago when I made the Zelda Purse, and since the technique was self-taught, I often find myself struggling with knitting patterns that were written under the assumption that those following them know how to hold the yarn correctly.
So, I've made it a goal of mine to re-learn how to do stranded color work. The above blanket looks like a prime opportunity for me to do exactly that!
Not only does this blanket pattern call for a fancy-pants stranding technique, but it also calls for...
For those of you who are not familiar with knitting lingo, let me break it down: A steek is when a garment is knit in the round, and then after some specific stitches are reinforced with either crochet stitches or with a sewing machine, is cut with a pair of scissors.
As of now, I'm feeling pretty confident in my (corrected) stranded knitting skills. The pattern I chose calls for a specific kind of color-work called Armenian Stranding, and I think I'm getting the hang of it.
I am MADLY in love with the fact that the back of the pattern is just as pretty as the front:
So far, so good, Readers! I'll keep posting pictures as this glorious beast progresses.
Until next time!