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Lust auf Farben

TOPIC:  TEXTILES

 THE DEVELOPMENT OF A KNITTED ARTICLE

During April and May of 2009,  a knitted shawl came into being.  It features a colour sequence in mirror-image.
The silk/cashmere blend had been hand-dyed with natural dyes over some time previously.
The colours were soothing to work with and I have taken styled photos to document the process.

Farbauswahl für ein Tuch

I began by choosing the colours.  I had a large triangular shawl in mind with all three sides of equal length.  
The colour sequence would be reflected in a mirror image.

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf
Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf
Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf

I started with mauve and 4 stitches, which represent the middle of the top edge.  Whenever I needed a new colour, I wound the appropriate yarn into a ball to work with.

Instructions on how to create all of the 18 featured colours can be found in my
book on dyeing with natural dyes.


The knitted project is progressing well;  the roses, meanwhile, have been trimmed and now rest in a bowl with water.

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf

My project is growing! I am smitten by the colour sequence and have already decided on the next project: a smaller Heather Shawl, featuring a similar method of mirroring the  colour sequence.  The chosen yarn is ready to go, right next to the current project.

The shawl is complete with 576 stitches in the last row!  The balls of coloured yarn have diminished in size, although at different rates.

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf
   

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf

Left:  No project is really complete without being washed.  Here you can see the shawl in the tub,  having a “finishing” bath.

Right: After gently spinning the garment, I have spread it out to dry.

 

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf

 

 

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf

It turned out exquisitely and I am very pleased with it.

Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf
Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf
Stricktuch im gespiegelten Farbverlauf
 
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Translated by Friedl Ballaban


Dorothea’s multicoloured shawl.

This shawl is made in 18 different colours. Knit 8 rows of each colour. The green section  in the middle consists of only  6 rows.
Dorothea used a handspun cashmere/silk blend, hand-dyed and a long 150 cm circular needle. Choose needles depending on the yarn you use.  The cast-on as well as the first three rows should be in the same colour as the next section (first 8 rows of pattern).

Materials: 65 % silk, 35 % cashmere, single ply
Yardage: about 220 yds/200 m – 3 ½ oz/100 g
Needles: large circular needles in US size 4 / 3.5 mm

Before you knit:
The shawl is knitted from the top down. It is started at the centre of the top edge and worked in one piece by knitting in reversed image from the middle to the right and left side.
Yarn quality and knitting needles can be exchanged; the shawl can be adapted to any size.
Knit the edge stitches as a “knotted” edge: Slip the last stitch of the row with yarn to front, turn, p the first stitch of the following row – every “set” (i.e. 1 right side row, 1 wrong side row) will show only 1 stitch. The border around the edge consists of 3 sts (ES and 2 k sts).
Instructions
1.: Cast on 3 sts, k 8 rows 2.: Take up and knit 1 st into each of the 3 knots of the edge and 3 sts from the cast-on. 3.: 1 R, k 9 sts
Now start the pattern with Row 1

1. Row: ES, k2, yo, k1, yo, CS, yo, k1, yo, k2, ES.
2. Row: ES, k all sts until 1 st is left, k2, ES.
3. Row: ES, k2, yo, k3, yo, CS, yo, k3, yo, k2, ES.
4. 6., 8. - - - - - Row: ES, k all sts until 1 st is left, ES.
5., 7., 9. and following right side rows: ES, k2, yo, k until CS, yo, CS, yo, knit until 3 st left, yo, k2, ES.

Continue knitting in this manner until the desired size of the shawl is reached.
Except for the green section in the middle, each colour is worked over 8 rows. Work as many colours as you like.

© Pattern by Dorothea Fischer and Lotte Wackerhagen


English Sites:

Mail: dorothea@lustauffarben.de

More information about traditional Danish Tie-Shawls is found here:

Daenisch:

Deutsch:

English:

Dorothea am Computer mit Heidetuch
Dorothea is working on her homepage.


Click HERE to see a variety of other shawls. Though they are based on common instructions (either for the “Heidetuch” or the “Bindetuch”), they are as different as the people who created them!

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