The Aestlight shawl doesn’t just have a pretty name. It’s seriously groovy. A triangle, increasing from 1 itty bitty stitch.
What can I say? Symmetry excites me. I am making the larger shawl, so yonder triangle still has some growing to do.
Also groovy because Gudrun (blog nod to D.H. Lawrence & A-Level English) Johnston delivers a crystal clear pattern. Trust me, this is a rare joy. She gives a mini-photo essay for the first steps. She gives full sentences to describe the pattern speak.
Even this deep into the triangle, the yarn is not pooling. I love how the 2 hanks are blending:
Getting this Monet thing going on was more complicated than I expected… Those looser end stitches are key for the next stage – adding the border. Without any straight edge for simple switching, it has to be done on the inside of the triangle. I joined the 2nd hank on the right side, and made a royal mess between the artless holes & floats of yarn.
I slept on it, and woke up with a bright idea. Intarsia! How some wicked smart knitter worked out you can have blocks of different yarns (usually different coloured yarns). Ever see a knitted star like this? It is intarsia.
The Purl Bee has a tutorial here. Did I know that until just this minute? Nope. I hauled out my books & worked it out over several attempts. Took a few tries, but I got the knit knack for a right slanting bit of intarsia goodness. It’s now so mindless that I am thinking this pattern could make a good Christmas gift for a knitworthy soul…
<Random> Did you know that intarsia is also used in woodworking? Thanks Bing.
Check out the gorgeousness… Pippi rears her pretty head:
Named after Pippi Longstocking, of course! I had a feeling that naming a child Pippi was out of the question…