Knitters are fascinated by Curves and Circles.
Curves and Circles are not natural to the knitting grid, which creates shapes by rows of stitches and lines of stitches. Kaffe Fassett is still fascinated by circular shapes in knitting. His “dots” or “Poppies” patterns are all from his desire to create circles out of a square grid. Dorothy Reade, a lace designer, wanted to create circular lace shapes. To read more about Dorothy Reade check out Successful Lace Knitting by Donna Druchunas. Circles and Curves do not come naturally to knitting.
Saracen, my new shawl pattern, has curves. Lots of them, curved edge, curved shape and then many, many curved cables along each edge.
It is shaped like a Crescent Moon, a shallow Bay or the Blade of a Saracen Warrior. I could have named it the Crescent Shawl, or Sunrise Bay, but I chose Saracen. Why? Both edges of the shawl are finished with reversible cables – this is a crescent with a bite.
The Saracen class is this Saturday. The class sold out in four days so I will be running another class, but not until April. Saracen will be released on Ravelry on Sunday and loaded onto Patternfish as well – though they take longer to put in up onto the site.
I guess that I am just as fascinated with curves in knitting as many other designers. One of the patterns that I am working on is for the spring classes. It is the “Bead Bubble Socks”. A lacy front sock, curvy lace, finished with – I cheated a little here – beaded crochet circles. These wonderful little bubbles of beads are perfect little circles, but make with a crochet hook and not a knitting needle.
I first tried out the crochet bubbles on the cuff of a glove, that pattern is still under construction – I haven’t decided how to finish the back of the glove.
The glove yarn is Kia Ora Kiwi by Zealana Yarns. It is one of the nicest yarns for gloves that I have found. The combination of the fibre’s: cotton, possom and merino, creates a fabulous finish and feel.
Right now my focus is on the sample for the Retreat in February. I am working on a Double-Knit fair-isle scarf. The Designer is Abbott Smith and I am knitting it with Rowan Fine Tweed. Gorgeous Yarn. I am, of course, working the deepest colourway; not my usual colours, but the effect is so rich!
Because the scarf is double-knit, each side mirrors the other; where it is dark on one side, it will be light on the other; because the scarf is double-knit, the knitting is a little slower than regular knitting as you are knitting both sides at once; because it is double-knit, I am using a much smaller needle than normal.
Many things about double-knitting that are just a little different from the norm.
The result is a wonderful fabric with two beautiful sides. The fabric is also warm and cushy. Lots of space to capture air!
I will finish and felt the Entrelac Bag this weekend and finish the Tracie cap. The cap is so pretty that I have decided to redo it in another yarn and add beads. It will make a great Spring/Summer Class.
I hope that your knitting is progressing as you like.