Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart

Habitation Throw

Knitting
November 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1049 yards (959 m)
one size

The Habitation throw is the 2nd of 6 surprise patterns in the Knitvent 2019 collection.

Habitation, the “act or fact” of living somewhere, is a pleasantly old-fashioned, practical kind of word. It shares a common word-ancestor with habitat, which brings to mind the downy nests and peaceful dens of wild things: a natural setting, a place where we somehow instinctively belong. It’s also a cousin of the humble habit which reminds us of all the small daily actions which make up our lives.

Habitation can be a verb, and there’s an important truth in that. Quite often, home is something we do. A building or place only becomes a home when we live there, when we fill it with memories, emotions, and hopes. Even if we live in one place our whole lives, with legions of ancestors behind us, a home is never a static thing. We feather our nests with soft, cosy things and decorate them with reminders of important moments in our lives. Making a home, making ourselves at home, is an ongoing, fluid, ever-shifting act.

The Habitation Throw is a generous, warm, and cuddly addition to any home. Knit it using the 24 minis from your yarn advent calendar, or make it from your stash of scraps, knitting in all the memories of projects past. Habitation was designed for fingering weight yarn, but it is endlessly adaptable, with its shifting colours, squishy garter stitch, strings of eyelets, and smart i-cord edging. Make it to suit your own life and your own home: big or small, one colour or two dozen, in whatever beautiful yarn weight you have to hand.

Size
One size - very flexible
Sample is approximately 40” Square

Yarn
Designed to use your Advent mini sets or other minis and left over yarn.

Fingering weight yarn (approx. 400m/437yds per 100g skein) 24 x 10g mini skeins.

Sample used approximately 10g (40m/44 yds) each of 24 colours of fingering weight yarn or a total of 240g and 960m/1049yds.

Needles
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

Notions
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker
Removable stitch marker
Safety pin

Gauge
15 sts/36 rows = 10cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking