This is Kate Bostwick’s Ribbon Weed from her Fundy Tides Collection. I decided to substitute an easy care superbulky yarn, Plymouth Yarns Encore Mega, instead of the wool superbulky Bostick designed it in. My Ribbon Weed is actually a wedding gift Ribbon Weed and I decided that the young couple I made it for would welcome not having to deal with keeping a large, heavy, wool throw clean.
Here’s a closer look at the patterning.
How perfect are these intertwining cables for two people starting down a path together?
I had some difficulties dealing with the many joins required. Encore is only 25% wool and that’s not enough for spit-splicing. I couldn’t hide the knots at the ends or under an edging since the garter stitch edge is knit as part of the overall pattern and because superbulky knots are, well, superbulky. There were a lot of knots because the throw is knit on size 15 needles and these balls only contain 64 yards.
I ended up using the magic knot join technique. Magic Knot is a good knot for knitters to have in their tool chests. But, honestly for this application, except when I controlled placement by working into a “valley” section of the work, it’s still more visible than is ideal. That is a function of the superbulky yarn. Hopefully the knot will indeed be magical in the sense of it being absolutely firm.
The bride and groom were both sincerely pleased with their gift. I sent it to their home ahead of the wedding. They both took time on their wedding weekend to thank me because “hand-made gifts are the best,” as the bride put it.
Ah, the joys of knitting for the knitworthy!