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Wednesday, May 23, 2012








Intrigued by the possibilities of the short row technique, Ilga and I have interpreted the theme of the ocean in our own unique ways. With colour, stitch pattern, and short rows to guide us, we set out to explore the reaches of our Atlantic. Ilga tackles the brooiding Mid-Atlantic while I wade to shore, playing in the waves en route.


  In the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, the waves are often dark and brooding, currents rolling over each other in rhythmic patterns. One of these currents is captured in the Mid-Atlantic shawl. The short row construction along one side and then along the opposite side creates the contrasting movement. At the same time, increases along both sides, together with a softly ruffled border, form the ever-widening shape of this piece. The modulating colours of a self-striping yarn emphasize the rippling stitch pattern and contribute to the over-all sea-like impression. The sample is knit in Noro Silk Garden.









My design is more free-range. Imagine knitting a slice of Atlantic shoreline to toss over your shoulders or wrap about your neck? My Shoreline is an evocative play of color and texture that uses short rows to create waves and stir the foam. The irregularity of this piece heightens the picturesque mood while offering the knitter opportunity to knit ‘off-grid’ in an ambulant play of color and texture. There is no wrong way to knit here. Mistakes don’t happen, only opportunities to explore new realms and create a shoreline completely your own. Consider this playing in the waves for adults.


Knit in free-form, short rows are interspersed with irregular riffs of feather and fan, garter, and stockinette stitch, the Shoreline wrap undulates in waves of color and texture. The piece is knit in HandMaiden fine yarns in primarily silk and silk blends which I've had dyed especially for the project. A kit is available through May's newsletter.








Purchase Short Rowing Across the Atlantic for $20 US here:










Shorelines kit available with six HandMaiden/Fleece Artist Yarns dyed to order

Price $155 plus $12.50 shippin. Email me at jane@janethornley




Posted by Jane on 05/23 at 05:02 AM

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