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Mistral Blanket Plays Up Symmetry of Showy Decreases

Floating_Cable_Cover_LrgI’ve gotten myself into a bit of a pickle. You see it is still winter up here in Tahoe. I just came in from scrapping the ice off the patio furniture we so optimistically put out last weekend.  I’ve had to resort to buying some colorful tulips to bring in a bit of Spring to the house. That means I’ve still been knitting with warm and cozy winter yarns when I should have been preparing spring patterns for you.

Even though this blanket is knit with 100% merino, the beautiful colors are perfect for this transition period. The blanket uses the same floating eyelet Showy Decrease concept as the dramatically curving Outer Limits Scarf but with single decreases.


The Benefit of Using Showy Decreases

MIstral_Close1Once again, the design benefits from identical left and right leaning decreases.  We’ve shared this before in the Manchester Scarf available for free on Ravelry. The symmetrical nature of this design takes full advantage of this feature.

As you can see, the raised Showy Decrease also adds wonderful movement to the stitch pattern. The blanket alternates a neutral color between 2 main colors and comes in 3 sizes. You can, of course, easily modify the size to different gauges and sizes by changing the number of repeats and stripes. It would also make a stunning shawl.

Take a look at these before and after photos. The Showy Decreases not only match, they raise the stitch pattern up creating a decorative “showy” decrease.


Decorative Non-Rolling Edge

Mistral_EdgeLet’s not forget the edge which uses out most popular “Nuance” ever. Really, we just passed 30,000 hits on that one post. It’s called the Hatch Stitch Edge. It uses 4 stitches but takes up as much room as 2 garter stitches and has the added benefit of not condensing your knit edges.

The Mistral Winds

I did have the opportunity to escape the snow for a bit this winter to accompany my husband on a trip to Europe. I often travel alone while he’s working, using the time to focus on new ideas, designs and dive into my love of history and photography.


I spent a week in March at an adorable studio apartment in Avignon, France. It’s a great jumping off point for all the quaint villages of Provence. I chose it because of its medieval old town and amazing Roman history. Who knew you could find Roman coliseums in France?!

One of the predominant influences in Provence is the very strong Mistral Wind which lasts for months during the winter. It impacts their activities, their architecture and how they farm. My much gentler take on the winds influenced the flow of this pretty stitch pattern.


Mistral_CoverI really enjoyed knitting this pretty blanket and can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Free Ravelry Link: You can find the free pattern in my Ravelry designs page.

Here are some links to our other patterns that have used symmetrical right and left Showy Decreases. The photos of each are below.


6 comments on “Mistral Blanket Plays Up Symmetry of Showy Decreases

  1. Thea Cunitz
    April 26, 2017

    The post and the blanket are wonderful, I think I will try this blanket.

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  3. Brandi
    June 30, 2018

    This is a beautiful blanket! I love it so much that I’m making an attempt now 🙂 However, I’m running into an issue at Row 2, when I get to the end of the pattern sequence, I only have 5 stitches left to complete the [p2,h2,k1] edge, which is not enough to do the hatch stitch twice. I’ve checked and double checked, and everything else looks right. Suggestions on where I am going wrong?

    • Laura Cunitz
      June 30, 2018

      Hi Brandi,
      Perfect timing. I am spending the day watching the World Cup matches and organizing all my projects. The blanket is sitting right in front of me!

      You are OK with the 5 sts. That’s how many you need for the edge. The h2 abbreviation is 2 sts not working the hatch st 2 times. Let me know if this does not answer your question. Laura

  4. Madeline Barbera
    March 6, 2019

    I figured it out I did the repeats wrong thank you

    • Laura Cunitz
      March 6, 2019

      Hi Madeline – sorry I saw the “I need help” and the “I figured it out” notes at the same time. Glad I could help! 😉

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