Swatching "Everyday Gems"

One of the fun challenges for the assistant editor is coming up with fresh ideas for swatching our yarn review. I tend to skew towards the whimsical, like a color wheel to show off the hue variations in undyed wool (Knits Winter 2012), or Summer 2013's knitted diamonds. This season's review focused on free and easy silk blends. Think lightweight, casual-feeling combos of silk and linen, or silk and cotton, or pure silk in airy new constructions. A simple gemstone pattern seemed just the thing to highlight the underlying richness of these breezy yarns. Knit up a few to dress up your table for a little girl's birthday party, or work them in chunky cotton for regal coasters or potholders. Hope you enjoy!

Yarns pictured, clockwise from top left (teal): Elsebeth Lavold LinSilk, distributed by Knitting Fever, Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace, Berroco Fuji, Schulana Silco, distributed by Skacel, Shibui Knits Heichi, Knit One, Crochet Too Cozette, Manos del Uruguay Fino, distributed by Fairmount Fibers

Diamond Pattern

Cast-on 3 sts.

Row 1: P3

Row 2: K1fb, yo, k1, yo, k1fb

Row 3: P7

Row 4: K1fb, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, k1fb

Row 5: P11

Row 6: K1, k1fb, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, k1fb, k1

Row 7: P15

Row 8: K1, Ssk, k9, k2tog, k1

Row 9: P13

Row 10: K1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1

Row 11: P11

Row 12: K1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1

Row 13: P9

Row 14: K1, ssk, k3 k2tog, k1

Row 15: P7

Row 16: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1

Row 17: P5

Row 18: Ssk, k1, k2tog

Row 19: P3

Row 20: Sl 1, k2tog, psso

Cut yarn and pull end through last stitch.

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