June 16, 2005
Horizontal, vertical, insane
What do you think?
I made it up myself :).
When thinking of a pattern for this yarn, I insisted on thinking horizontally... let me explain.
Consider cables, like the ones which adorn the cleverly-named Cable Rib Socks (Spring 2005 Interweave Knits):
Cables placed in this manner are vertical: they run along the length of the knitted item.
Now consider knitting in the round with a variegated yarn like this Opal. The little segments of color produce horizontal bursts of color - they run side to side with respect to the knitted item. The same thing is true of self-striping yarns, except the segments of color are significantly larger. Anyway, were I to overlay a vertical pattern repeat, such as cables, on top of horizontal coloration, the result can only be described as "poopy." Yes, that's a technical term which means, "neither the pretty color, nor the pretty pattern shows through."
I decided that I'd be bored to tears knitting a simple stockinette stitch sock for my Sockapal-2-za pal. Also, I did a few rounds of simple stockinette, and this is not one of those yarns which forms interesting stripes as it's knit up - the bursts of orange and teal are only 4 stitches long. Therefore I started with a pattern repeat which had 4 knit stitches as its basis, then added a little "glam" without compromising the horizontal nature of this handpainted yarn.
So there you have it!
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