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. The final part of chapter two explains how you can use different stitch patterns for custom shaping of your knits. Rather than changing your needle size or working a lengthy sequence of decreases, a stitch pattern could be the alternative.
“… different stitch patterns have different gauges. They expand and contract out fabric stitch-wise and row-wise… when thinking creativity about knitting, we can also take those gauge differences and use them to our advantage”
The book’s comprehensive stitch dictionary also gives you the opportunity to play! Covering seven stitch styles (cables, elongated, gathers, lace, slipped, tucks and twists) Bristol explains how the characteristics of each of these will affect a pattern and gauge. Bristol also demonstrates this through three beautiful patterns reflecting the combination of patterns that you can achieve!
I used the contrasting row gauges of brioche and reverse stockinette to create structure and a little bit of volume in this folded loop cowl. With stitch patterns that break up the direction of the single row stripes, it creates a cosy and tailored accessory with graphic interest.
Name after Yayoi Kusama, Japanese artist and writer
Yarn – The Uncommon Thread Posh DK
Dropping stitches opens up the width of knitted fabric and offers the opportunity for unique shaping on the circular yoke of the Yayoi Pullover. Here, I’ve worked the dropped stitches in a descending pattern to create sculptural arcs and wedges in the yoke and complement the simple, clean lines of the tailored body and sleeves below.
Named after Georgia O’Keeffe, American artist
Yarn – Blacker Yarns Samite
The stitch gauge differences between lace mesh and stockinette inspired me to design the O’Keeffe Pullover. With lace that gradually shifts across the body of the fabric and gentle increases at the sides, the change in gauge creates a beautiful and feminine trapeze shape that contrasts beautifully with the fitted raglan above.
These dreamy details make us want to grab our needles and start swatching! Lucky then we have a dedicated Knitting Outside the Box KAL launching at the end of November! But before that tomorrow’s post is the last of the set of our pattern reveals, see you there…
Pom Pom xx