The Barbara Walker Project

In February of 2015, I decided to focus my knitting on a project involving A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker.  It was first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1968, and is still in print today.  I started with a sampler hat covering 10 basic knitting stitches, one per band.  From the bottom it covers garter stitch, stockinette stitch (three variations-plain, twisted and crossed), seed stitch, moss stitch, double seed stitch, dot stitch, sand stitch and knit 1 purl 1 ribbing.

sampler hat

sampler hat

Since then, I have been working my way through the book, using the stitches in different projects, mostly hats.  I design the hats on the needles, adjusting things as I go.

Any blog post that has Barbara in the title is showing a project using stitches from the book.

The basic rules that I have been following are simple.  I can use the next stitch or stitches in any chapter or combination of chapters.  For design integrity, I have very occasionally skipped ahead a couple of stitches to find one that is right for a difficult design dilemma.  I have then always gone back and used any stitches in between before advancing in the chapter.

There are 544 stitches listed in the table of contents.  After one year, I had used 203 of the stitches. In February 2017, after two years, I had used 318 stitches. Here is a pile of projects designed with stitches from the book.

Barbara Walker projects

Barbara Walker projects

I am hoping to complete the project by the 50th anniversary of the book in 2018.

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