Thursday, December 11, 2014

VOGUEknitting Winter2014/15

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The most recent issue of VOGUEknitting has just arrived and to my delight, it features one of my knitting inspirations, the legendary Barbara Walker. Barbara Walker's stitch dictionaries have inspired many knitters. Even if you are not familiar with Barbara Walker, if you spend much time on Ravelry, you will often see where designers credit a particular stitch they have used to one of her incredible stitch dictionaries.

My favourite of her dictionaries is her book on Mosaic Knitting.
Below, Barbara in one of her fabulous Mosaic creations.
Vogue's Winter 2104/15 has 9 fabulous designs inspired by Barbara Walker stitch motifs. A couple below.
#1 Mosaic Cowl desinged by Kristina McGowan in <em>Alpaca Sox</em> and <em>Pirouette</em> by Classic Elite Yarns.
#8 Mosaic Sampler Pullover designed by Pat Olski
in in <em>Alpakka</em> by Dale Garn/Mango Moon Yarns.
#5 Long Fringed Scarf designed by John Brinegar in <em>Sport Weight</em> by Blue Sky Alpacas.
These designs are much easier than they look, especially when knit using the super easy to understand chart system created by Barbara. Unlike Fair Isle knitting, this is not stranded knitting. You are only knitting with one strand or colour at a time and the patterns are created by slipped stitches.
If you are interested and not sure your skills are up to it, I am offering a class this winter on slip stitch and mosaic knitting.

Slipped Stitch Knitting   (Beth) Three 2 hour Classes $60 plus supplies
Date & Time
Thursday, February 5, 12 & 19    9:30am – 11:30am
Slipped stitch, and a subgroup of this category of knitting stitches mosaic, appear quite similar to fair Isle knitting, but you are only knitting with one colour strand at a time. Stitches are slipped or knit to create the design. Once you understand a few simple basics about slipped mosaic, you will be able to use these designs in a variety of projects. In this class we will practice the techniques by swatching a few patterns you are sure to want to use later. Then really get to it with either the Frieze Cowl or Shawl.
Intermediate. Good basic knitting skills.

Do yourself a favour and explore this unique and versatile knitting technique.


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