Summer knits : Garter goodness WestknitsSSK

I am thinking back on my summer vacation knitting now that the autumn is here. vaffler.jpg

GGcolours.jpgOne of my summer knits this year was the Stephen West shawl Garter Goodness. I saw it on preview when he came to l’Oisivethé in May, and I fell in love with the kilometer of garterstitch. I was lucky to have Stephen himself to help me choose colours, and I am so glad I did! GGsection2.jpg

 

I will not lie : it is a very long knit. It’s a sweaters worth of garterstitch. But it is also relaxing and easy-peasy, so I could bring this wherever I went. At the end it is rather huge, though, so a big project bag is useful!

 

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This WIP followed me all summer, from peeping hot Paris (France) to the brisk clear temperatures in Drammen (Norway), back to Paris again, through moving into a new appartment, knitting whenever I could, and lastly to Saint Malo on the French north-west coast where I finally could bind off on la Plage des Dames. It was immediately adopted by my son who needed something warm and snuggly after a cold bath!

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Why is this design so special? Why does it appeal so much to me?

Firstly, I could say it is highly unconventional in shape. You start with an icord gartertab and knit on from there. With some well placed increases the shawl grows out to be a cape. It is so simple and so genious. So bold and fun. So very Westknits, and I love that.

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Secondly, it is simple, but you have all the elegant details that makes it look like a garment straight away. I-cord edges and -bind off. Increases at a constant pace, creating lines and structure. A well written pattern that leads you forward.

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Thirdly, the colour play. Choose a beautiful yarn, take four colours that go together, let them play, enjoy the  result. Can it be better?  GGvintagebuttons.jpg  GGmar.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is actually the only modeled photos I have. But I am using it all the time. It is a perfect huge size, it covers up when you need it to, it can be worn as a cape or a shawl or a cowl or a simple swaggy top using the buttons.

It is wonderfully versatile and very Boom! You’re in Paris! Which I am, so it’s perfect!

I am in love, and will probably knit this pattern again. It is Absolutely Fabulous!

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Pattern : Garter Goodness by Stephen West
Yarn : MadelineTosh merino light
Raveled here. GGPetra.jpeg

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