The first pattern I showed yesterday was the Malvern Spa Pillow and Mitt. These are worked in a variation of Hatfield Check, which is an easy stitch with a strong vertical patterning. It has a good amount of stretch, which is important for something like a tightly‐fitting spa pillow cover and also has a most interesting surface texture. This produces a very good massaging effect for the spa mitt, so is a good combination for the set.
The softness comes partly from the yarn, of course, but is also due to the qualities of the stitch, Quaker Ridging. This alternates thick and thin ridged stripes giving a lovely depth to the fabric, so it is soft and squidgy to step onto. It can look great when worked in a striped pattern, as in the bath mat here, but I also like it in a single colour as this seems to emphasise the dynamic nature of the pattern.
I like the fact that the two sides look so different. The right side has strongly accented diamond shapes and the wrong side has a lovely honey‐comb appearance. Apart from just appearances, though, this deep texture makes the towels super absorbent and soft to use.
I hope your last-minute Christmas knitting is going well! I’ll be back with one more post before the big day so until then,