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 first titled ‘Letting Go & Getting Creative’ explores how to ‘mash-up’ designs to make a new one, a woolly take on the word game ‘Mad-libs’ and converting shapes into shawls with ‘Colouring Inside the Lines’. Let’s hand over to Bristol to find out more about the designs from this chapter – Pina, Audre and Canady.
Named after Pina Bausch, German choreographer
Yarn – YOTH Big Sister
The Pina Cardigan arose from putting together some of my favourite aspects of handknit fabric and garments: crisp diagonal lines, wide front bands, gently sloping shoulders, oversized shape, and fitted sleeves. With geometric cables that gradually decrease away into lush, draping stockinette, Pina is my way of pushing a wardrobe staple into elegant new knitting territory.
Named after Audre Lorde, American poet
Yarn – Miss Babs Keira
Antler cables, one of my personal favourites, aren’t often used as an allover pattern. When tasked to come up with a project that combined the three elements of “triangular shawl”, “sideways”, and “cables”, though, they were my first thought. What might happen if these cables, so often used in single panels or for accents, blanketed the entire fabric? Audre is the result.
Named after – Alexa Canady, first African-American female neurosurgeon
Yarn – Sweet Fiber Merino Twist DK
We often come into knitting with preconceived notions about how fabric can be created. But for me, knitting is a shape, a boundary that can be filled in any direction you like, starting from any point that you want. Canady is the result of an exercise that proves this point—how might I recreate, in knitting, a series of randomly drawn lines within a set shape? Using only increases, decreases, short rows, cast ons, bind offs, and picking up stitches, this oversized shawl is all about pushing the boundaries of how we think about the structure of garments and the direction of knitting.
Tomorrow we’ll be looking close at the patterns in Part Two, ‘Making Your Creativity A Reality’. See you then!
Pom Pom xxx