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Definitely have to try this ... - The Bibliophile
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Definitely have to try this ...
... once I get some needles cleared off: Fox Paws. Such a gorgeous effect!

P.S. 'cause I can hear words like "complicated" and "hard" rising to the tops of peoples' brains. This is honest-to-goodness plain ol' stripes. Knitted one colour at a time. One of the fun things about knitting is the optical illusions one can create with it, mainly with use of increases (turning one stitch into two or more) and decreases (turning two or more stitches into one) ... the equivalents of darts and gussets in sewing. The trick is placement and number of increases/decreases .... as the knitting comes off the needles those contract or expand and distort the fabric into something that seems impossible to have come off a straight piece of metal. The real magic is the brain of the designer who figured out the combination to make this happen. ;-)


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sealwhiskers From: sealwhiskers Date: 13th October 2014 20:57 (UTC) (Other places)
What a lovely pattern! It does look complicated to someone who is ignorant of the craft, so I'm glad to hear that it isn't.
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 14th October 2014 00:08 (UTC) (Other places)
If you own anything with stripes on it (shirt, blanket, towel, whatever), you can kinda see how it works. Pinch a couple of centimetres of fabric together between your fingers above a stripe and you'll make it bend in a "v". Pinch another spot below that same stripe with the fingers of your other hand and you'll have the beginnings of a zigzag effect. More pinches, more zigs and zags.

That's all it is ... your pinch above acts like a decrease (you've taken away "stitches), your pinch below acts like an increase (you've made the stripe have more "stiches" in that spot than the stripe below it that you pinched). Wider pinches increase the pitch of the zigzags, varying widths of pinches make a fancier zigzag. Fabric engineering! :-)
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