When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.
[Robert Louis Stevenson]
A counterpane is a bedspread. Heirloom versions were sometimes knit using white cotton thread and looked quite elegant. I’m in the process of designing a colorful, woolen version. The image above is really one block duplicated three times and arranged to show how the finished counterpane will look. This is for a class being offered at Sarah Jane’s Yarn Shoppe after the first of the year.
It’s quite lovely! What yarn are you using (you’ve said wool, but is it dk, worsted, Shetland, merino, etc.)? I’ve been a longtime fan of counterpanes but could never knit more than one square in cotton because I do not like the lack of elasticity in it. I especially love your inclusion of a bit of gingham check. Nice.