Friday, January 24, 2014

So Many Beautiful Projects, Part I

Some of the enjoyment of designing comes from creative problem solving—figuring out how to combine the right yarn, stitch patterns, and construction method into a satisfying whole. And some comes from the sheer pleasure of knitting—of yarn and needles and hands working together in harmony.

For me, the most exciting part of the process is seeing the beautiful things knitters make from my designs. Today I thought I'd share a few of the projects that have been posted on Ravelry recently. All of them make my heart sing—and perhaps they'll inspire you to cast on and try some new techniques or an unfamiliar yarn or something that might be a stretch or challenge for you.

Like Knitmish (Michaela), her who knit her Rowhouse Hat (above) with Madelinetosh DK. She taught herself to knit Continental for this project, which was her first foray into stranded-color knitting. And she did a terrific job. You rock, Michaela!

Sometimes when I see the color and/or yarn a knitter chose for a pattern, it makes me appreciate it anew and want to knit it all over again. That's the case with this Streusel (below) by eddiebird (Maria). She knit her Streusel in Madelinetosh sock yarn, in the beautiful Byzantine color way. I'm so partial to reds and warm colors generally—I think I need to get a skein of this ASAP!

Sometimes it's the details or modifications a knitter brings to a project that catch my eye—like this Briscoe cardigan (below) by chloetoile99. She used the same yarn that I did (Quince & Co. Chickadee) but added length to the body and worked slightly less garter stitch on the hem and cuffs. Such an elegant result, and so flattering! I really love the salamander pin she used for a closure—it's just perfect.

For her purple Pomegranate, Camille (CometParty on Ravelry), used a yarn with a completely different fiber content than mine—Elsebeth Lavold's Hempathy, a cotton/linen/rayon blend. As you can see from the photo below, Hempathy was a terrific non-wool substitute for this pattern. Camille deepened the front neckline, binding off in rib rather than working a folded-over sewn bind off, and worked long sleeves rather than 3/4 length. The result? A beautifully customized pullover that fits like a dream.

  © Elizabeth Duvivier

I hope you've these projects as inspiring as I have. Part II—featuring cowls, shawls, and mitts—will be coming soon.

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