Unsinkable is the result of a collaboration between Anne Podlesak of Wooly Wonka Fibers and myself. We were talking about strong women in history and Margaret "Molly" Brown came up. I was born on the 50th anniversary of the Titanic disaster - the iceberg was hit at 11:40 pm on the 14th of April (my birthday) and sank in the wee hours of the 15th. As a result I have always been fascinated by all things Titanic. Since both the Titanic and I confront big anniversaries this month it seemed appropriate to design a pattern to commemorate the events of April 14-15, 1912 and honor Margaret Brown.
Anne sent the perfect yarn for the design. We were thinking about the cold North Atlantic and icebergs when we discussed the design and color. I think she nailed it when she combined an icy soft blue/green color with her Avianrhod Sock yarn which has a delicate metallic thread that gives just the right amount of shimmer. An added bonus is that this yarn is delightfully soft. This was my first time using a yarn with a metallic thread and I was very surprised at how soft it is. I honestly worried that it would be itchy but it is not. Not at all.
My goal with this design was to choose a stitch pattern that gave the impression of a wildly churning sea. After a fair amount of swatching I think this one fits the bill. The lace border is knit first, then the body is worked with short rows in stockinette. The pattern contains both charts and written instructions for the stitch pattern and instrucitons are given for working short rows.
Finished Measurements: 78” wide x 10” deep
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Avianrhod Sock, 75% Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 5% glitter; 425 yards/389m per skein, color: Iceberg, 1 skein
Needles: US 8 (5mm) or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 15 sts & 27 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette, blocked, always take the time to check gauge
Other Materials: 10 stitch markers, tapestry needle