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Hip to be Square
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Hip to be Square

A return to the elements of knitting – yarn, needles, and elementary garter stitch.  Such satisfaction and joy in simplicity.  I could continue to wax philosophical about it… suffice it to say, this is the perfect kind of knitting for me right now.  It came to me at just the right time.

Construction - Squares

Albers Cowl Square #1

Square #1 complete – 33% – layers of squares constructed on top of each other.  Not only is is a fabulous fingering weight stash bust, but it is producing some that I love to look at.

Square #2 underway...

Square #2 underway – 33%.  Squares of Cherry Tree Hill, Koigu, Louet, built one on top of the other.

I feel like a knitting architect.

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19 Responses

  1. Anna

    It looks lovely! The idea of picking up all those stitches makes me shake though so probably not the right project for me, I’ll stick to crochet blankets for now!

  2. Birgitte

    Beautiful! And very tempting.

  3. mick

    Very nice! I feel like these squares would make a fantastic blanket, too. Perhaps I’ll buy that pattern.

  4. Christina

    Gorgeous! And gorgeous photos!

  5. Seanna Lea

    I love these. I hope my Albers shawl looks half so good (I didn’t do a gauge swatch and my center square is way bigger than listed even though I’m using a smaller needle size).

  6. Sasha

    Oooh the garter stitch ridges in those solid colours looks positively squishable! what a fun type of construction too :)

  7. Lauren

    Oooooh are you making a blanket? I love those colors!!!

  8. JelliDonut

    Respect the garter stitch. Lovely!

  9. margaux

    garter stitch is always the stress free go-to for me too!! love your color choices!

  10. cauchy09

    gotta love a good log cabin! the garter stitch just makes it heavenly. {{hugs}}

  11. Jessica Kaufman

    Gorgeous. Needles love garter stitch, don’t they? Great idea for stash busting.

  12. Birgit

    Lovely! I love your sense of color, I really enjoy watching your projects grow, not just this blanket! I have recently discovered a book called “Mindfull knitting” from Tara Jon Manning (No, I am not paid to advertise it!) and have since decided to knit a garter stitch blanket made up of mitered squares… It is so liberating to knit garter stitch! Maybe you have already read the book, but if not I think you would enjoy it! It is about how knitting can be used as a mindfullness meditative practise and it has greatly enhanced my life, so I just wanted to share!

  13. Ann

    Your colors just sing! There is something so therapeutic about garter stitch, right?

  14. Maggi

    I’m making an Albers Cowl also and am just finishing the last color on my first block. All of mine is KPPM that I bought at Purl Soho with Kay Gardiner. I am loving it as a carry-around knit for a nice change from socks.

  15. Jenna

    Beautiful color combination for what sounds like a fun project. I think I’m going to be doing some garter stitch squares soon, I’m excited to see how they turn out. Hope all is well and you got my message! xoxo

  16. liz

    Albers is working out so well! Can’t wait to see it done & modeled. Garter stitch is so squishy & comforting. Sophisticated & rustic, as well. At least to me.:)

  17. kelli ann

    amazing. i sooo sympathize with your love for stockinette. i’m knitting a similar blanket at the moment and am enjoying it so much! for me, knitting is about the process just as much as (if not more than) the product.

  18. Chandler

    Love your color choices here—I think Josef would be proud! I wonder if there’s a weaving equivalent to the Albers cowl…then it would bring Anni into the mix as well!

  19. Chandramouli

    Looks great! I love these mitered ones.

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