The other day I found an interesting book about cast on and cast off methods. Today it arrive. It really is a great resource for some very interesting ways to start and finish a knitted piece with the most suitable method. I really liked the multi-color cast ons, which are a nice detail. The stretchy cast offs are useful, for hats, socks but also lace pieces. I always looked for more methods especially for some of my lace knits.
I always liked drop stitch patterns. It show the yarn very well. The ‘Seafoam’ pattern always looks great in whatever yarn you knit it. For this scarf I used some beautiful cotton yarn. As I don’t like to knot it around my neck, I crocheted a simple tube to hold the scarf together. For my scarf I casted on 36 stitch using 4 mm needles. I used 3 balls of yarn each 120m.
Last week I had the first Kunststricken class in Jiyugaoka. 2 ladies joint and brought some of their knittings. One had a famous German Kunststricken magazine with some very beautiful designs from Herbert Niebling. The owner of the space took the pictures.
In 2012 I visited the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Niigata Prefecture. I thought that I really would like to participate in the next event in 2015. However, I would need an interesting project. The Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster gave many people second thoughts about using nuclear power in Japan. On my way back from Niigata the idea came up to build a wind-powered knitting machine. Finally, after 8 month of designing, building, welding, painting and testing, my Wind-Knitter is finished…
From the Sashiko yarn I recently used to knit a Erich Engeln bookmark, I knitted a German lace collar. The design is based on pattern from Nannette Höflich from around 1843. I made some changes and added the crochet cast off loops. A friend saw the piece and said it looks like the Japanese pictrure of Hokusai ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa‘. As I live in Kanagawa, I really liked the idea.
The collar is knitted in garter stitch, to make is reversible. I knitted 2 pieces of 7 ‘waves’ using 1.75mm lace needles. Both pieces are then sewn together. The pattern is knitted upwards, so it can easily be adjusted to a desired length. This is a great beginners piece for trying out German lace knitting. On the inner side I added a double yarn over to insert a ribbon.