Friday, May 12, 2006
This is the start of a swirl afghan square from "Unexpected Knitting" by Debbie New. For those of you who have not looked at the book, yes, it really does swirl. It is in garter stitch. Those stripes curl around. (And yes, this is the new use for the yarn inteded for the Persian Poppies sweater.)
The way it works is, you knit the background first (in my case, green, in her book, a light gray), then pick up stitches in a J shape and knit, decreasing down to almost nothing, doing some grafting, and then picking up another J shape. You can kind of get the gist of it from the one I've got done. (There are four total, you can kind of see where they go from the shape of the green part.)
I found the process not so much hard as involved, if that makes sense. There are nice bits of fairly uncomplicated knitting (most of the swirl) and a few intense moments of counting and stitch picking and marker placing (picking up those stitches for the swirl was time consuming and took a lot of counting and re-counting). What you're looking at in the top photo is maybe four hours' knitting total, so it's not painstaking brain surgery type knitting. But it's definitely interesting, and does increase my understanding of knitting.
When I'm done with this afghan square, I will ditch the whole thing or else knit myself the afghan square jacket shown in the book. I haven't decided yet.
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