Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back to Basics - Knitting Basics that is.

An upcoming workshop at the Inner City Group of the NSW Knitter's Guild is around designing knitwear to fit. We have had some homework which was to complete at least one approximately 25cm Swatch. We then had to measure it and then wear it.

I have manged to do 4 (not the most exciting knitting but they do look kind of neat blocking as they currently are. I have used Elsebeth Lavold Silky- Wool in Black, Wollemeise Twin in Lavendel (We're different batch), Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply in Purple Storm and Grignasco Tango in Purple.

I have used Graph paper for the pre-blocking measurements and will trace the piece after blocking and again after wear.

I have edged each swatch with garter stitch to stop them from rolling up too much. The centre sections of each are stocking stitch.

Project wise once I completed the swatches I started a Tweed Baby Blanket in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8 ply in Ghost and Iris Mist. The pattern is a huge garter stitch diamond edged in a lace pattern with purl ridges seperating each pattern repeat. An easy (if slightly endless knit).

It is destined for friends of mine who have just had a baby girl (I received the announcement on the way to Bendigo). I must note LynS' blanket was the inspiration and I jave just realised that by playing with the colours in the Mill Shop I have picked out exactly the same colours as Lyn used. They do look quite lucky.


Donna (Random Knits) said...

You are so much more organised than I could ever hope to be!

DrK said...

oh, you used a ruler around your square (or else you knit real neat!) i just traced the edges of my swatch and it was all crooked!! and mine are two plain grey. not as interesting as yours. maybe i need a red one.....

Yarna said...

Bags I sit next to you at the workshop so I can copy your homework! I have swatch envy as i have only managed to complete one.

knitabulous said...

oh crap. everywhere I go online and irl people are showing me their finished swatches.

i haven't even sarted mine..