The cherry blossoms I featured last time have gone of course, but after they finished we were treated to the sight of an absolutely magnificent apple tree in our daughter’s back garden. There weren’t many flowers last year, but this year it was covered in blossom.
Then came the flowering May and now the amazingly perfumed lilacs. One of the houses near us has a wonderful display of large purple and white lilac trees and their scent is so heady. I think that would be a wonderful spot for a morning coffee with freshly-baked scones - yum!
The photo above shows the set of placemats and coasters we use most of the time in Sweden. These are the Somertide Placemats and are worked in KnitPicks Cotlin, which is a wonderfully crisp cotton/linen mixture. The soft, gentle colours really suit white tables and sunny days eating outside.
In the case of the stitch I have used here, Double-Banded Rib, one side features a striking pattern with horizontal bars crossing raised columns of stitches. However, turn the fabric over and the back is much smoother with tight columns of knit stitches separated by narrow dotted lines.
And that’s the beauty of a dual-sided stitch! The two sides are so different but compliment each other perfectly. I just love the flexibility that brings to a design. Our Reversible Knitting Stitches book has quite a number of these double-sided patterns and they are such a great choice for items where you see both sides such as scarves, shawls, table runners and placemats.
If you would like more information about the Somertide Placemat pattern, then please click here, and for more details about our Reversible Knitting Stitches book, then please click here.
Until next time – Happy Knitting!
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