Sunday, July 20, 2008

Experiment in Brocade

With this project I am attempting to stretch myself in terms of my knitting abilities. I'm experimenting with circular stranded knitting and colorwork. I'm trying to teach myself how to knit with a color in each hand, to weave in the ends, avoid twisted stitches, and notice the effect of different color combinations. It's a lot. But, I'm having fun, so the end result is almost beside the point.

So, it's a vest knit with a two-color brocade pattern that was designed to be knit in pieces in intarsia. I've chosen to knit it as a stranded pattern on circular needles with two balls of Kauni Rainbow (EQ) colorway yarn.

The pattern is a lot of fun to watch develop as the colors change and the non-repeating pattern unfolds.

The yarn holders are a little distracting -- they are keeping the pocket stitches "live" to be finished later.

The pattern was taken from an old (1992) Kim Hargreaves book.

Oh, BTW, did I mention it has a steek? (Eek!) Stay tuned as the fun continues ...

Friday, July 4, 2008

A Berry Happy 4th!

Here's a firecracker of a sweater for the 4th -- although it's obviously much too hot to wear it. It's already stored away for October. I love the soft hand of this yarn (Knit Picks Andean Silk in Hollyberry).

Project Details:

Pattern: Lily Chin, Knitters' Magazine Fall 2002
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk in Hollyberry (55% Alpaca, 23% silk, 22% Merino wool)