Over the past 6 month I have been knitting a small mountain of pieces for my next book. It will be published on October 5th. As I had to knit each piece myself, I didn’t have much time to make other items and show on my blog.
But now all pieces are finished and I can experiment again with some new yarns I got. Last night I finished a small snood I knitted to test a pattern I really like. Knitted over 160 stitches with 4 mm needles.
Just finished knitting a simple bag. The pattern I found in an old knitting book. Together with the heavy yarn it makes an interesting effect. For the bottom I knitted a piece of garter. Then picked up stitches from the side and continued knitting in rounds. For larger items I can use the bag as is or sew a lining inside.
I was trying out several patterns. One I liked a lot. To test it, I knitted a simple neckwarmer. For the frame color I used plain colors. The little swirls are knitted with a multicolor yarn. Therefore, each swirl shows a different color combination.
I also liked the wrong side of the pattern very much. So for another neckwarmer, I knitted half of the piece, then turned the wrong side to the front and knitted the other half.
Last week Friday on my way back from Sapporo I couldn’t stop knitting. The flight was great and I knitted from take-off to touch-down. By the time we landed, I had almost finished a simple möbius. I kept on knitting taking the bus from the airport home. Before going to bed I finished the piece with an I-Cord cast off. The möbius is about 1m in circumference. The pattern is a simple “mistake rib”. For the yarn I used Naito’s “Noemi” Color 08. and 4.5 mm needles.
I have been quite busy the last few week. Finally, I got around to design a pattern for the outer circle of my Picasso’s Coat. For the outer circle I had several goals:
Change knitting direction, to change striping
Use a pattern related to Picasso,
Able to knit as a circle,
Connect the circle while knitting it.
To find a suitable pattern it took me some time. Picasso use a lot of harlequins in his drawings. While a harlequin is comical, he is also sometimes sad an lonely. So Picasso felt a Harlequin represents the essence of life. That was my inspiration to use a lace diamond pattern. I used short rows to curve the pattern. Each diamond is larger towards the outside.