Thinking Ahead by Jana Huck

Thinking Ahead

April 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1743 yards (1594 m)
Length: 211 cm (83 in); width: 49 cm (19.25)
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In times like these (this pattern was first released in April 2020, during the pandemic quarantine) it is crucial to keep planning and Thinking Ahead. And one way to keep your mind busy and morale up is with a fancy knitting project.

Enjoy combining shadow knitting with an easy slip stitch pattern to create this 2-coloured statement piece for yourself, or to send to a loved one you miss. Happy knitting!


Fingering: KniTime, Merino 450; 100% merino wool, 450 m (493 yd)/100 g; in hand-dyed colours Purple Variety and Kirschblüte
C1 (Purple Variety) = 837 m / 916 yd / 186 g
C2 (Kirschblüte) = 756 m / 827 yd / 168 g

3.5 mm/US#4 circular needle, 60 cm (24 in) or longer
3 mm/US#2.5 circular needle, 60 cm (24 in) or longer

11 stitch markers

28 stitches and 36 rows = 10 cm (4 in)

In pattern (see below)
3.5 mm/US#4 needle
After blocking

Set-up row (WS): Purl
Rows 1-3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Rep rows 1-4.

Length: 211 cm (83 in)
Width: 49 cm (19.25)


As a bonus, parts of the proceeds from this pattern will go to researching the long term effects of various pathogens on our health, conducted by the Open Medicine Foundation.

UPDATE: The promotion has ended and a total of 527.78 Euros have been donated. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. I <3 you all.

One possible lasting effect of a viral (or bacterial) infection is an illness called myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS for short. Even though there is strong suggestive evidence that ME/CFS can be triggered by an infection, more research is needed. A causal link has not yet been established.

Right now, a lot of funding is being put into researching SARS CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. We also need to use this opportunity to be thinking ahead by raising funds for possible lasting health impacts for COVID-19 sufferers, which aren’t getting the same attention as the acute illness by the media and other fundraising efforts.

Links for more in-depth reading:

• About ME/CFS:
• Ted Talk about ME/CFS by Jennifer Brea:
• Viruses and ME/CFS (source: CDC):
• Article by Cort Johnson speculating that COVID-19 may lead to more cases of ME/CFS:
• Article by Sarah Newey, Daily Telegraph:
• Article by Torsten Harmsen, Berliner Zeitung (German):
• Article by Prof. Paul Garner, British Medical Journal:
OMF prospective study of COVID-19 patients

I would also like to use my tiny platform to warn against physical exertion while you are feeling unwell from an infection. If you are in the position to amplify this message, please do. It can save vulnerable people from becoming bedridden:

• Article by Georginia Hayes, The Telegraph:

QUOTE from Georginia Hayes`s article: »Drawing parallels between Covid-19 and chronic fatigue syndrome, Prof Garner warns against taking strenuous exercise on the road to recovery. “Every day I woke up with a headache, and then on day 44 I started to feel a little better. I did a little cycle, then a HIIT class online, and then I was in bed for the next week. I don’t think people are aware of this relationship to exercise.”«

• Guide by the ME Association UK on how to best prevent post-viral fatigue:

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Wer vier meiner Muster ersteht, bekommt das günstigste von ihnen geschenkt. Dazu alle Muster vor dem Bezahlen zusammen in den Einkaufswagen legen.

In diesen Zeiten – also denen einer Pandemie, wir schreiben das Jahr 2020 – ist es wichtig gut zu planen und Vorauszudenken. Zum Beispiel mit einem Strickprojekt, das die Laune hebt und die Sinne beflügelt.

In Thinking Ahead wird das Schattenstricken mit einem Hebemaschenmuster kombiniert, um Pfeile zu erzeugen, die in die – hoffentlich Pandemie-freie – Zukunft weisen.


KniTime, Merino 450; 100 % Merino, 450 m/100 g;
in den handgefärbten Tönen Purple Variety und Kirschblüte

Fb1 (Purple Variety) = 837 m/186 g
Fb2 (Kirschblüte) = 756 m/168 g

Rundstricknadel Nr. 3,5; 60 cm oder länger
Rundstricknadel Nr. 3 mm; 60 cm oder länger

11 Maschenmarkierer

28 Maschen x 36 Reihen = 10 cm x 10 cm
Im Muster (s. unten)
Nadel Nr. 3,5

Anfangs-R (Rückr): links stricken
1. – 3. R: rechts stricken
4. R: links stricken

Die 1. – 4. R fortlaufend wiederholen.

Länge: 211 cm
Breite: 49 cm

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