The Tinder cardigan which I am making for Emma uses what Brooklyn Tweed call a classic waffle stitch. Here is a photo:
I have also found this stitch pattern in the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary, Volume 1; here it is called “garter ridge rib” and is stitch pattern #8. I recently bought some beautiful fingering weight Woolfolk Tynd yarn to make a cowl for Doug. While working on Tinder, I was also fooling around swatching many different stitch patterns for the cowl. After 4 or 5 distinct patterns which didn’t do anything for me, I decided to swatch in the garter ridge rib. Success!
So now, I am working variations on a theme. When I get tired of knitting the garter ridge rib back and forth in Brooklyn Tweed’s worsted weight, tweedy Shelter on US8 needles, I switch to knitting it in the round with Woolfolk Tynd’s smooth, oh-so-soft, fine fingering weight wool on US4 needles. (I had to adopt the pattern to knit in the round -very easily done.) One of the things that makes this pattern work so well for a cowl, is that the reverse side looks good too:
This is a rather drive-by post, as I am flying to Johannesburg today. I am taking both sets of knitting with me, so should hopefully be working my variations on a theme from 40,000 feet!