Forest for the trees towel


This is Amy Marie Vold’s new pattern, “Forest for the Trees Towel.” It’s meant to commemorate the centennial celebration of the National Park Service. The Service was created by the joint efforts of lots of folks, even though President Teddy Roosevelt is who we mostly remember. Yep. August 25,1916 was the big day. We have commemorative coins┬áthis year and we have Amy Marie’s pattern. I know which will be more fun for me.

The pattern provides lots of knitters’ choice. Amy Marie charts and gives line-by-line directions for six slip stitch tree motifs. The knitter chooses which to knit and in what order. I selected four of the six for my towel.


I used┬áKnit Picks Dishie in the Kenai and Swan colorway and ended up with a 25 by 12 inch towel. Dishie isn’t as beefy as the Sugar ‘r Cream the pattern calls for. There would have been more width with an Aran weight kitchen cotton.


Ever since completing this piece, as one of Amy Marie’s test knitters, I’ve been daydreaming about putting the pattern on steroids and knitting a slip stitch throw for the cottage. You couldn’t get too much more “up north” than snuggling up under that on a chilly evening.