The Martin Storey Knit Along 2 – Official Announcement & Image!

The Martin Storey Knit Along 2 – Official Announcement & Image!

The 28th January 2016 will bring a brand new, fabulous Pure Wool Superwash Worsted blanket knit along, with squares being released each fortnight to culminate in a stunning design made up of 48 squares in total. The knit along presents itself as the natural next stage to Martin’s first knit along, although you do not have to had participated in that one to join in this January’s fun. There will be eight square release stages in total, with the final and ninth release on 12th May 2016 featuring the edging design.

We chatted to Martin about the details of the new KAL, his inspiration and the techniques we will be exploring.

Design Inspiration

“For my second KAL in the Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, I looked to the motifs, textures and colours of our Northern European knitting traditions - the knitted textures and fairisle patterns of the Shetland Isles; the Faeroe Isles; Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.  This is a look which is currently very popular in interior fabric, wallpaper and fashion design.  Unlike my first KAL, the knitter can now choose from four, classic tonal palettes, chosen to fit in with most popular, interior colour schemes. A very soft and natural palette: a calming, blue palette; a fresh green and a zingy, spice palette.  Whichever colour suits your mood and interior.“

Techniques

“Once again, this KAL has been designed with the beginner knitter in mind.  In the first KAL, we explored simple texture created by knit & purl stitches, together with simple lace and cable techniques.  Having gained those skills, I've developed them a stage further and, in this blanket, we start to create more recognisable motifs in both one colour and two colour squares.  Delicate motifs in simple texture, lace and  a further option that introduces the beginner knitter to a simple bead technique, patterns and different stitches. Linking all these motif squares together and introducing a brand new 'colourwork' skill for this KAL, I have designed three squares using two colours, without the 'fairisle-headache' of stranding or weaving the yarns at the wrong side of work. All will be revealed in time……….!”

Keep a look out on our Rowan Yarns YouTube channel for an exclusive interview and tutorials from Martin himself.

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