The Martin Storey Knit Along 2 by Martin Storey
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The Martin Storey Knit Along 2

Knitting
January 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
varies for each square throughout
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4599 yards (4205 m)
One size only in stated instructions with recommended yarn

From the Knit Rowan website:
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.

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Stitch Pattern Release Dates:
January 28th, 2016: Square 1, Moss Stitch Heart
February 11th, 2016: Square 2, Slip Stitch Nordic Stripe
February 25th, 2016: Square 3, Textured Tree Square
March 10th, 2016: Square 4, Lace Tree Square
March 25th, 2016: Square 5, Moss Spots Square


Martin’s 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 Used

“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……….!”

Finished measurements:
To be announced

Yarn information:
Blanket photographed with Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted in “Blues Colourway”
Light Navy 153 – 1 ball
Breton 147 – 3 balls
Light Denim 154 – 5 balls
Electric 143 – 3 balls
Lovat 161 – 2 balls
Ocean 145 – 3 balls
Mallard 144 – 2 balls
Topaz 160 – 2 balls

Evergreen Colourway
Hawthorn 141 – 1 ball
Mustard 131 - 3 balls
Apple 129 - 5 balls
Garage 142 - 3 balls
Bottle 140 - 2 balls
Grasshopper 130 - 3 balls
Jade 127 - 2 balls
Olive 125 - 2 balls

Spice Colourway
Rust 106 - 1 ball
Gold 133 - 3 balls
Oak 159 - 5 balls
Chsetnut 107 - 3 balls
Seville 134 - 2 balls
Toffee 104 - 3 balls
Hazel128 - 2 balls
Papaya 135 - 2 balls

Calm Colourway
Charcoal Grey 155 - 1 ball
Moonstone 112 - 3 balls
Mole 157 - 5 balls
Umber 110 - 3 balls
Granite 111 - 2 balls
Almond 103 - 3 balls
Cocoa Bean 105 - 2 balls
Oats 152 - 2 balls