Knitting Outside the Box is a pattern book rich in detail and techniques. Each day this week we’ll be taking a closer look at the patterns with Bristol, building up to our virtual launch on 28th October!
The book is split into three chapters and each one focuses on a different part of Bristol’s design process. Part Two: ‘Making Your Creativity A Reality’ builds on the first part of the book. Once you have ideas, you need to work out how to execute them. For Bristol, this breaks down into three main ways you can manipulate your fabric: increasing and decreasing, short rows and stitch patterns.
The first three patterns of this chapter detail how to use increases and decreases to create the shapes you envision. As Bristol elaborates ‘in these simple actions is a concrete and overarching truth that gives… an understandable structure and rhythm, one that you can use to your advantage’.
Named after Joy Harjo, native American poet and musician
Yarn – The Fibre Co. Arcadia
The basic triangles of increase and decrease geometry are fascinating and intriguing all on their own. With the Harjo Shawl, I wanted to experiment with taking two of those existing shapes, the B triangle and the F triangle, and combining them together with a simple slipped stitch pattern. The resulting shawl is an unconventional finished shape that hangs and drapes beautifully over your shoulders.
Named after Emily Carr, Canadian artist and writer
Yarn – IndigoDragonfly Chameleon Sock
The Carr Shawl came about because I was interested in where I might take a traditional top-down shawl shape if I treated it as a starting point to play with further increasing and decreasing. Here, the traditional shaping veers off into two separate directions, both using increases and decreases at different rates to compensate for opposing angles. The touches of simple lace add delicacy and softness to the graphic garter stitch and linear shape.
Named after Helen Sharman, first female Briton in space
Yarn – Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK
There is something infinitely wearable and graceful about a top-down shawl, but what might happen if the same shaping were used to create a sweater? Sharman is the result. Worked from the top down with a border and a back panel of architectural and graphic lace, it combines the drape and ease of a shawl with the wearability and structure of a raglan.
If Sharman has caught your eye, make sure you take advantage of our exclusive discount with Baa Ram Ewe. Those of you who pre-order the book via the Pom Pom shop or with Baa Ram Ewe will receive a code for 10% off the Dovestone DK*, used for this design.
See you tomorrow for technique two of this chapter, Short Rows!
Pom Pom xxx
*Code valid from 23.10.17 – 31.12.17 for 4 or more skeins of Dovestone DK