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KLITCH Your Knits

Embellished class homework swatch and sample patterns
The KLITCH’d homework swatch and recent designs using techniques T and L.

A little over a year ago I came across The Weaver’s Idea Book by Jane Patrick. I’m a sucker for books (in general) with photos of intricate fabric textures and colors (specifically) playing gloriously in new and unusual (to me) ways. It made me want to weave. It made me wonder if any of those effects could be worked on hand knits. It made me pull out other books, and read and think about how techniques from other fiber arts could be worked on knit fabrics.

The end results were several pattern designs (check out the faux couching on Creative Knitting’s Summer 2013 It’s All in the Details) and a class: Through, On & Around: KLITCH Your Knits! KLITCH is an acronym created from the 6 technique areas we explore in class: Knotting, Lacing, Inlay, Twining, Couching (faux, not true couching) and Hemstitching. Look for it on the schedule of STITCHES South, Midwest and East!

The projects I designed in Creative Knitting’s recent Knits In No Time special issue show how twining can be used to create a pot holder, coasters, and table runner or scarf from I-cord, and how fancy lacing can tie seed stitch strips into a scarf. Imagine making strips in different colors or yarns, and lacing or twining them together in a contrast color—how fun would that be?!?

Trellis hemstitching worked on elongated stitches of a cowl.
Trellis hemstitching worked on elongated stitches of a cowl.

My latest KLITCH experiment is a cowl, worked in Cascade Yarns Longwood, with elongated stitch as fillings in a double-decker garter stitch sandwich. Longwood is spongy soft, great to work with, and superwash to boot. Hemstitching in turquoise 220 Aran will wrap the elongated stitches on both sides. If that’s not enough decoration, maybe I’ll do some knotting in the eyelet rows…hmmmm….

Want to learn how to knit pleats and welts?

Pretty Peaks and Valleys, Creative Knitting Winter 2013
My design Pretty Peaks and Valleys, Creative Knitting Winter 2013

It’s STITCHES class proposal time! And I’m brainstorming class topics to tempt you, the knitting and crocheting fiber enthusiast student.

If I go with what currently interests *me* most, one of the class proposals would be about those fabric-folding techniques known as pleats and welts (aka tucks).

I’ve had a thing for tucks for some time now, as those who have taken my 1-hour Market Session A Taste of Tucks can attest: they’ve seen the swatches. My favorite looks like the skin of a Shar Pei puppy.

The interest in pleats has been more recent, and apparently  is shared by the likes of Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Proenza Schuler, etc, for Spring 2014 (see here and here). Whoo hoo, I’m on-trend!

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The glory of words

Humpty Dumpty on the meaning of words
From Through the Looking Glass

Like a small child loves playing with sand, I love playing with words. Which isn’t the same as having those words say what I mean. As such, this is one of my favorite quotes. Would that we all had Humpty Dumpty’s ability to make a word mean exactly, precisely and only just what we choose, all the time. Most of us are just not as gifted as that cantankerous and contrary old egg.

I’ve had occasion to think of this quote several times in the last few weeks.

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Streak of Lightning: a little help from my friends

2013_CKSIP_AllSeasThrw_CVRI’ve had this not-so-secret love affair with log cabin knitting going for the last few years. There are partial blankets with different types and arrangements of blocks tucked away in my stash, waiting to become full-size things. They come out 4 times a year, when I teach the Playing with Patchwork 1-hour Market Session at STITCHES events. I was thrilled when I saw Creative Knitting’s Autumn 2013 Call for Proposals was all about afghans—at last, an excuse to make a full-sized Streak of Lightning afghan!!! AND I got to work with some great yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash, in beautiful colors.

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