KNITTING OUTSIDE THE BOX – MAILOU, WISLAWA + ARBUS

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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!

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Mood Shot - Knitting Outside The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (1)

The book is split into three chapters and each one focuses on a different part of Bristol’s design process. Yesterday we took a closer look at the first three patterns in Chapter 2 exploring increasing and decreasing. Today we are staying with this chapter, but moving on to a new technique, and the magic that is short rows.

“When worked, short rows change the direction of your knitting, building angles and arcs into what we know as a fabric structure built on the horizontal and the vertical”

Shaping and transforming with clever wedges of extra fabric, these three patterns all showcase short rows. 

MAILOU MITTS

Mailou, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (9)

Named after Loïs Mailou Jones, American artist and teacher
Yarn – Julie Asselin Leizu DK

Short rows on a small scale can often feel gimmicky or overly ostentatious, so my challenge with the Mailou Mitts was to balance the placement and use of the short rows while still keeping the finished pieces wearable. Here, I’ve used a series of uncompensated wedges to help mould the thumb gusset and wrist shaping, and used a combination of short rows and decreasing to turn the cables at the top of the hand 90 degrees so they became a focal panel down the top of the hand.

Mailou, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (5)
WISLAWA COWL

Wislawa, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (2)

Named after Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet
Yarn – Shibui Knits Pebble

Graphic, bold lace interjects into light, delicate fabric with the use of flat insert short rows. In Wislawa, I’ve set up the short row inserts to spiral through a body of garter ridge, shifting the fabric subtly on the bias to create effortless fold and drape. Wislawa, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (4)

Wislawa, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (1)

ARBUS PULLOVER

Arbus, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (2)Named after Diane Arbus, American photographer 
Yarn – Magpie Fibers Solstice 

Short rows go for a field day in this pullover, with the clean lines of garter stitch stripes showing off the angles and changes of uncompensated wedges and compensated wedges. In Arbus, I wanted to see if it was possible to create graphic intersections of stripes that also served to help shape the sweater. Here, the yoke is partly shaped with short rows and partly shaped as typical raglan, and the body is shaped with a combination of knitted-on short rows and clean stockinette.

Arbus, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (4)

Arbus, Knitting Outisde The Box by Bristol Ivy. Pom Pom Press (1)

Stunning! Julie Asselin, whose yarn is used for the Mailou mitts is also one of our Knit Along sponsors join us on Ravelry for a dedicated Knitting Outside the Box Knit Along from 30th November.

Join us for our next post tomorrow where we take a look at the lush stitch dictionary and it’s accompanying patterns.

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