My Tip for Faster Knitting (That You Can Actually Enjoy)
Well, the first month of the new year is wrapping up, and I admit it’s had its ups and downs, but I’m not complaining. I’m hopeful for the year ahead and looking forward to new patterns, new yarns and new growth opportunities (both personally and professionally) and I hope you are too.
Now that we’re steam-rolling into February, I know that everywhere I turn, I’ll be bumping into red hearts, toddler-size stuffed animals and enough confectionary treats to send my dentist’s kids to Princeton (for a PhD).
Some of us revel in the romantic bustle and others…would happily hunt down Hallmark and pop their heart-shaped helium balloon with a knitting needle.
David and I are pretty romantic—for starters, we’d rather work together and weather the ups and downs of business ownership than see each other only for a few hours each evening. We have a regular “date” night, which we miss only on the rarest of occasions. Yet we don’t usually make a fuss over Valentine’s Day—we feel pretty lucky all year long with plenty of opportunities to show appreciation for each other
Bracing for the upcoming V-day barrage did get me thinking about great couples and how many adorable coordinating patterns there are now residing in the Knitspot design portfolio—many of them introduced via the Knitspot Yarn and Pattern Clubs.
Pattern pairs are a fun and efficient way to knit.
While some people love the learning process, most of us really enjoy that point where we simply get to relax into the rhythm of a pattern that we know and love.
It’s really not so different from dating and relationships…one-off patterns are like a never-ending stream of first-dates.
A great first date IS exciting; as you feel that delicious spark of chemistry, you can’t wait to learn everything there is to know about this person.
As you get to know each other, some things may be better than you hoped, while others can be an unexpected challenge. You don’t frog the whole relationship though, because the end result could be something really special.
If you put in the time to figure things out—and if the stars align—you just might end up together forever, making each year a fresh adventure, while getting more and more comfortable over time.
The same can be said for a great pattern motif. Once you’ve made one FO, you’re past the awkward (sometimes frustrating) “getting to know you stage”, ready to ditch the chart and relax with some smooth knitting…like sink into a scented bubble bath relaxed.
You could make multiples of the same piece, changing up the colorway to keep things fresh or knitting a slightly different size.
Or you can spice things up even more by keeping the motif and changing the project. Same motif you now know and love, but a brand new finished piece that complements the original.
That’s the idea behind our “perfect pairs”—coordinating accessories to wear together.
You get the idea 🙂
Knitting perfect pairs solves another problem that plagues the enthusiastic technique junkie—oddball accessory combinations.
I know I’m not the only knitter here with a big basket of unmatched mittens, hats, and scarves, one for each of my knitting passions, but no two alike.
Sometimes a matching set is in order, after all . . . like on date night.
So without further ado, here are Knitspot’s most famous couples (and even a few threesomes 😲)…
Knitspot Matching Knit Motif Patterns
All of the motifs shown here have matching accessory patterns availabe to knit.
Miss Doolittle Scarf (+ Cowl Option) and Eliza Mitts
Aria delicato and Delicato mitts
Billow cloud scarf/cowl and Cirrus mitts
Bittersweet vines (includes neck warmer and mitts)
Creel (pattern includes 3 accessories: hat, cowl, mitts)
Butternut scarf and Wussypillows hat and mitts
Carlsbad cowl, Torrey Pines mittens, Hills in Jamul
Chain chain, chain cowl, Cuffed link mtts and Chain of fools hat
Chimney sweep scarf, All boxed up hat, Springerle mittens
Curling neck warmer and mitts
Hectare cowl, Till headband, Cob hat
Honeydrops cowl, Honeybuns hat
Natty cowl, Tweed fingerless mitts, Natty cap
Op art cowl, Lacunae mitts/hat, Lacunae socks
Pyro scarf/cowl, Chiminea headband, Firestorm fingerless gloves
Snow tire poncho wrap, Snow tire scarf. Fat tire mittens
Colcannon mitts, Kalio, Lacinato hat
High Peaks mitten and hat
Kiltie cowl and mitts
Peu bourgeons mitts and hat
Snowflake hat and Snowplough mittens
Wheaten mitts and cap, Wheaten wrap
Hot waffles hat and mitts
Cornrows mittens and hat
View Knitspot’s perfect knit pairs collection on Ravelry
Lovely to see a new post, and with so many of my favorite patterns on display! I’ve tried both ways, with making one pattern multiple times and different FOs with the same stitch motif, which is especially pleasant when the first project is still fresh in mind.
This may be the wrong place to contact you but I was starting to knit Subterraneans and the copy I bought a few years ago ( I think at Vogue knitting) is missing page 8 with the legend & chart. It is only partially printed!
My Ravelry name is AbbeMay
Hi Betsy, for pattern support you would just email us at email@example.com. We’ve already sent you a reply by email.
It’s been awhile hasn’t it? 😀 I’m trying to get back to it consistently though, thanks so much for ‘stopping by!’