Last week I responded to Sewchet’s request to knit for squares for blankets for refugees in Calais. As I surveyed my stash for which yarn to use, I thought about how to create a warm thick fabric. I didn’t have enough chunky or super chunky, so I thought about stitch patterns.
First I thought about Aran sweaters and cables creating a thicker warmer fabric. But cables would take a fair amount of extra time – time I could put towards knitting another square.
I thought of fisherman’s rib and moss stitch, but then googled, to see what else I could find, and happened across double knit fabric stitch. I’d never heard of it before, but it didn’t look too slow to knit. Instruction for knitting the double knit fabric stitch are here.
On knitting it up, it created a lovely squishy thick fabric.
So while I gave away a knitted a square, I was rewarded by learning a new stitch. As the old saying goes, You can’t give anything away!
Although the appeal for Calais initially had a deadline of 20th November, I understand another trip will be made to Greece in December, so I’m going to work on a few more squares. Does anyone have any other suggestions for warm, thick stitches/patterns that would be good for blankets? Either knitting or crochet? Always great to learn new stitches.
And if you’ve got any good stories about what you’ve gained by giving something away, I’d love to hear them.