You look up and see a lady sitting on a rock by the side of the river. She has been quietly knitting but is now opening her backpack and removing something from it. You look in wonderment as you see it is a hot water bottle! She tries it inside the knitted item, then she replaces it in her bag and knits a few more rows.
Yes, dear hikers – that was me!
Barley Corn is a pretty stitch with a gently waving structure. The stitch almost looks like interlocking ears of barley and has an interesting texture and depth. It looks quite complicated but is actually quite easy to knit. It's always good when it's that way around isn't it!
It is truly reversible and would be a lovely choice for blankets, afghans and car rugs. The pattern is well‐defined so can also be used to add details to items such as a clutch bag or a pocket on a larger item. The final fabric is very warm and flexible and as soon as I worked a sample of this pattern I envisaged knitting a hot water bottle cover.
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I’ll be back tomorrow with a look at a super-stretchy reversible stitch.
Until then – Happy Reversible Knitting!
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