Variations on a theme

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!

variations on a theme front

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:

variations on a theme back

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!