I spent an indecent amount of time staring at this today:
It’s my swatch for Stomp, a fair isle tunic designed by Jean Moss. The pattern is in the Winter 09/10 issue of Designer/Vogue Knitting. The project is not as hard work as the swatch suggests – the fair isle bit is only in the yoke and border of the garment.
Fair isle doesn’t come easy to me. But when it’s finished, I can’t stop marvelling at how miraculously all those stitches and colours have come together to create a very pretty, cushiony, patterned fabric! Fortunately, this isn’t a complicated pattern – unlike the example I saw today in K’s lovely blog.
I’ve foolishly agreed to knit this tunic for a friend of mine who doesn’t knit. It’s foolish because now I WANT ONE TOO!!! I think it’s fabulously gorgeous. Funny that, how one sees a pattern, initially dismisses it, but months later, sees it and absolutely must knit it. Now!
A knitter friend of mine rolls her eyes every time I mention doing a swatch. But to me, they’re a lifesaver, or more accurately, a sanity saver. Take the above swatch. I picked those colours from a selection of naturally coloured merino, corriedale and perendale yarns from Treliske Organic, Little Wool Co and The Wool Co because I thought they’d go well together.
But comparing this swatch with the picture of the garment in the pattern, I see that I should use a lighter coloured grey if I want it to have the same visual effect as the pattern. I’d rather find this out now, than when I’m knitting the actual project.
Here’s my second swatch – for the body of the garment.
There’s a simple cable running through the garment, but I hadn’t knitted this cable before, and as you can see from the bottom cable, I stuffed the first one up from not reading the chart right (seed stitch in a cable didn’t look logical). Imagine if I’d knitted an entire cable repeat of eight rows in a garment-number of stitches wrong? That’s hundreds of stitches which would have needing ripping. I feel faint at the thought! I’m glad I got it right in the swatch before attempting the garment.
Although I’m not much of a believer in the Chinese horoscope, the projects are indeed leaping on to and off the needles at the moment – the signs are it will be a good one for creative sorts!