Many months ago I bought this yarn. I saw it online and it struck me. The color combinations were hypnotic almost and when it arrived I fell even more in love with it! However this brought up a MAJOR issue with knitting enthusiasts...Beautiful yarn; no project.
With that in mind I spent MONTHS gazing at it in the drawer with the others. I even went out and bought other yarn that could potentially be used with it but every time I started knitting with it I didn't feel any pattern did this gorgeous yarn justice! NOTHING! Until now.
I've stared at numerous stitches and projects as potential inspiration for what this yarn deserved and after awhile they all started looking the same! Until I discovered a beautiful pattern on another knitting blog, purlbee.com. A Herringbone Cowl. It was love at first sight....knitting wise. (John my partner understands...right honey?) I immediately rallied my energy to test this stitch out and I was pleasantly surprised by the out come.
What I LOVE about the herringbone stitch and variegated yarns is how each stitch and its unique color is highlighted. After so much knitting, staring at the tradition knits and purls get boring and tiresome. This stitch creates a fresh, almost non-knitted look with a beautifully smooth texture. I'm using Manos Del Uruguay Maxima Yarn which is 100% Merino Wool in the color Dandelion.
It's important to note that when knitting this stitch you will want to use needles that are slightly larger. Typically I use US No. 8 or 9 with Manos Maxima, but for this stitch I'm using No. 11s. You can go as high as 13s with a worsted weight yarn and it will create a looser more pleasing stitch. The recommended needles for worst weight will make your project incredibly tight, which you may want too.
Here are some directions for knitting Herringbone on straight needles so you can experience it for yourself. For wonderful directions on how to knit this stitch in the round click here.
BASIC HERRINGBONE STITCH
Multiple of 2.
1st row: K2tog tbl (Knit 2 together through the back loops) dropping only first loop off left needle. *k2tog tbl (the remaining stitch and next stitch), again dropping only the first loop off needle. Repeat from * to last stitch, k1 tbl.
2nd row: P2tog dropping only first loop off left needle. *p2tog (the remaining stitch and next stitch), again dropping only the first loop off needle. Repeat from * to last stitch, p1.