At this time of year my catchphrase is cosy.Actually, scrap that. At any time of year I like being cosy. My default mode of existence is beneath a pile of blankets, peeping out suspiciously at the cold world outside like a slightly myopic hedgehog. And what better excuse for buying and making new blankets than moving to a big, old, drafty Edwardian house?
Most of the rooms in our new house are staggeringly eclectic right now. Our furniture is a mixture of modern IKEA, ebay scores and upcycled gumtree, and none of it really fits with the existing, seriously dated decor. Our sitting room has one orange sofa, one blue/white striped sofa, and a mad mix of soft furnishings in different colours and textures. And in the mix is this squishy grey beauty, which I have added to my regular evening hedgehog mode rotation.If it’s on this blog and it’s knitting, you know it must be Wool and the Gang. I make no apologies for being a massive WATG fangirl, because they are just that awesome. I love their products, their brand ethos, and the fact that this blanket pattern is called Koselig (Norwegian for ‘cosy’ – I know right?). I also love this pale stormy grey yarn – it may clash with the yellow wallpaper, but it looks perfect with all our other furniture!The pattern is called ‘herringbone’ stitch, and while I was quite sceptical as the first stitches passed over the needles, I’m now completely won over by that seriously classy texture. Herringbone is quite fiddly if you’re not used to slipping stitches and scooping them back up again, but in case you’re interested there is a handy video tutorial here, and here’s the pattern…
- Cast on an even number of stitches.
- Knit one stitch, *slip one stitch, knit one, use LH needle to pick up slipped stitch back onto the LH needle, insert RH needle into the back of the picked up stitch as if making a knit stitch, knit the stitch*, repeat from * to * until there is one stitch left, knit one stitch.
- *Purl two stitches together, but don’t drop the stitches from the LH needle yet! Purl into the first stitch on the LH needle again, slip both stitches off the LH needle.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
- Repeat these two rows until you have a humongous cosy blanket pile!