Issue Two of Cooperative Press‘s Knit Edge came out yesterday – it’s an online knitting magazine with an emphasis on articles and technique. This issue has some great articles – Traditional Guernseys, knitting and crocheting in Japan, and a cool technique article about knitted smocking (the mitts on the cover are smocked.)
Guess what else it has?
Oh, yeah, it’s a pattern and article set by yours truly!
You know how I’ve been babbling about Combination Shawls for the last two years, oh patient readers who have been with me for that long? I did an article all about them for Knit Edge and a pattern to match and demonstrate.
I love doing shawls, but I’m not in love with some of the standard shapes out there. Circular shawls fall off your shoulders and triangular shawls fall off your shoulders and point at your butt. I wanted to be in love with crescent shawls so I came up with my own idea – and I’m pretty delighted with it. In only the way that a person who has done little else other than design Combination Shawls for the last year and a half can be delighted. (There have been a couple of sweaters and accessories, too.) The article explains the thought process of my invention and there are lots of things to think about when you want to design your own.
As a companion piece to the article I designed this shawl – Watershed. (Check out the Rav Page for photos of the shawl modeled – this fence photo was just a quick one in the backyard.) It uses the math from the article so you can really see how things come together – I would LOVE it if I started seeing more Combination Shawls out there.
It’s made from two skeins each of two colors of Cephalopod Yarns’ Bugga! which may be the most perfect yarn on the planet – it’s soft and fat and squishy and I love it.
I hope you’ll get the magazine (you should subscribe!) and let me know what you think of the article and the pattern. I’m so pleased with how the pattern came out too – it’s quite straightforward to knit, but I think it has a great impact. And I’m completely taken with the shape!
I loved Issues Zero and One and I’m so excited to be in Two – this is a very cool new magazine and it’s wonderful to be a part of it!