I find my greatest moments of inspiration, when collecting things I come across in nature. I get lost in my head collecting flowers, twigs, sea glass, driftwood, and other treasures. These walks are a peaceful time where my mind can wander freely and my thoughts begin to make sense. I've always loved pressing flowers and leaves into sketchbooks to mark a place and time in my life. The flowers I don't press curl up and dry, becoming beautiful small sculptures that find a place in my home.
When knitting I gravitate towards textures and stitch patterns that remind me of these treasured objects. This is what lead me to the pattern stitch for Wild Clover, an easy to memorize stitch with bobbles for texture and just a touch of lace. The bobble and eyelets form a shape reminiscent of both young florals and the shape they form as they dry.
Row 21 [RS]:K2, yo, k3, [k2, Bobble, k7] to last 10 sts, k2, Bobble, k5, yo, k2.
Row 23 [RS]: K2, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2. 2 sts increased.
Row 24 [WS]: Purl.
Repeat the last 2 rows once more. 2 sts increased.
Using a long tail cast on with circular needle CO 5 sts.
Work from written or charted instructions as you prefer.
Work Rows 1-26, and then repeat 17-26, adding additional repeats of the 10-stitch pattern repeat as required 23 more times, until you have 261 sts.
Bind off using i-cord bind off as follows:
Cast on 2 sts. *k1, k2tog tbl.
Slip 2 sts back to left needle; rep from * until 3 sts rem total. K2tog, k1, slip these 2 sts back to left needle, k2tog tbl.
Block and weave in ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Emily was born where the mountains meet the sea in Maine. Much of her work is inspired by childhood memories, paintings, and the landscape that surrounds her. Emily is the assistant designer at Berroco and lives in Providence, RI. She can usually be found obsessively knitting or searching for treasures along the beach.