I love clever patterns. I especially love clever patterns that take simple, easy shapes and stitches and turn them on their heads to come up with something stylish and timeless.
Wham Bam Thank You Lamb! by Susan Chang (free Ravelry download, you’ll need a free Ravelry membership) is one of those patterns; it’s nothing more than a tall strip of bulky garter stitch knitting, but the difference is made in the clever seam placement and the yarn you choose.
Using a super chunky or bulky yarn means that it knits up fast and has a hyper-modern feel to it; using a hand-dyed wool or thick and thin will make it an extra-special, stylish gift for anyone. The thicker the yarn, the better and more stylish, as the garter turned edge up looks really graphic and textured. (If you use a chunky rather than bulky yarn, you might want to add more stitches to get the height – I only got about 7 using Malabrigo Chunky, and I think 8 or 9 inches would have been better.)
The chunky, modern, streamlined shape of the piece makes it wearable by both men and women who are fashion-forward – depending on the yarn you use, perhaps even fashion-daring. The shape feels very Japanese to me, a sort of Issey Miyake, folding origami thing going on.
My first Wham Bam won’t be the last for this year’s Christmas list.
Truly stylish, practical and warm, easy, fast, and handmade. What more can you ask from one project!