Anytime I can finish a knitting project without sewing or seaming, I will, sewing is just "not my jam".
A little while ago, I wrote a knitting pattern featuring an increasing mitre square. In the pattern, I describe ways to use the mitres, and in one particular set of instructions, I fold the corners in and sew them to create a trivet. I like the unpredictable geometric patterns that form from this technique, but I'm not crazy about sewing, I'll do it, but wouldn't it be nice to achieve this effect without sewing?
Soon after the pattern was published, I began writing a pattern that featured a 4-mitre centre-out construction that was rectangle friendly. The "Stop-when-you-want-to" Housewarming Pattern Part 2. The centre-out construction means that the last round of the pattern (before binding off) offers it's live stitches for us 3-needle bind-off. I love the 3-needle bind-off, I use it whenever I can, and have come to appreciate the "side effects" of using it.
I thought, instead of sewing the corners together like in the first pattern, I could use the 3-needle bind-off to bind-off the corners together. I was pleasantly surprised at the shape of the finished product. It is gorgeous!
That is one unique looking trivet, or potholder! In my pattern, I describe how t0 divide and prepare the stitches to achieve this effect, as well as, how to manage the corner stitches.
In both patterns I used Knit Picks CotLin Yarn, It's a linen/cotton blend that is both soft, and durable. This particular brand is also colour-fast, which is hard to find in cotton yarns it's also very economical.
I'm currently offering each of these patterns for $6.00 CAD in my Etsy Store, or bundled together for $10.00 CAD. They are truly patterns you can knit and give proudly as stocking stuffers, teacher gifts or hostess gifts.
Kelly Kayfish is an artisan in Devon, Alberta, Canada