I have developed a case of late summer cleaning
fever. This illness has all of the symptoms of spring-cleaning fever, but the
addition of hot temperatures means that, as I am organizing my yarn stash, I am
much more easily distracted. I find myself pulling yarn out and spreading it
around me in piles of complementary colors. Perhaps my brain is trying to tell
me I need to pause my cleaning and start a colorwork project.
A quick glance at my queue produces several
beautiful crochet colorwork projects, and I am in love with several of the knit
colorwork patterns in Interweave
Knits Fall 2012. If you look closely at these patterns, you will
see a surprising similarity in some of the colorwork designs, though the
techniques are quite different.
The Downton Pullover from Interweave Knits uses
stranded colorwork knitting to create an eye-catching repeating circle design.
The unused color is stranded behind the knit stitches. The V shape of the
knitted stitches creates stronger outlines, and the designs do not slant as
they frequently do in back-loop-only crochet.
For the Mischa Mittens, single crochet,
worked in the back loop only, creates a circles pattern similar to the Downton
Pullover. To create this pattern, the unused color in addition to pencil
roving, is floated along the inside of the mittens for added warmth.
This crochet technique has been used for
generations to create traditional geometric shapes and designs. But the edges
are not as crisp, and the designs take on a slight slant-though you might see
this slant as a fun design element.
I have tried tapestry crochet, back-loop-only
colorwork, and crochet stripes. Maybe it is time to learn a new way to play
with colors with stranded knitting. Join me and learn a new colorwork technique
and new yarn craft by subscribing to Interweave