Friday, January 16, 2009

An Inspiration

Today I found in the back of my closet this old vest that my step-mother gave me a long time ago. I think it's from the early 90s or 80s, because it is quite square. I was looking at it while thinking about some technical writing task at work, and I realized how they'd made those stripes.

The garment is knit in reverse stockinette. The yarn is a cotton that has been dyed indigo. The stripes appear to be the same yarn in two natural shades. What they did (see close-up) was weave the light yarn through the every other purl bump for a few rows, staggering the weaving so that it makes quite a nice basketweave effect. And at the bottom of the sweater, they did little decorative squares.

The third picture I am posting shows the back of the work, which is also nice looking. It might be used in a garment, too. I wouldn't tie knots in MINE if I did it.

I got lots of ideas for using this weaving in garments. It sure livens up reverse stockinette! I might try it on a mitten, since the extra yarn would add warmth, and it is so tightly woven it wouldn't catch on your nails or anything. Or, of course, a vest would be great. Perhaps in one of those organic yarns in a natural dark brown with a natural off-white stripe. Hmm. I have some yarns like that.

I'll put this idea on the back burner and let it simmer (wow, what a boring cooking metaphor, sorry). If you have any ideas for other ways to use this technique or have seen projects using it, feel free to post!


  1. I liked the idea of using huck-weaving patterns to make designs on the sweater. I think that it would be easy enough. Think about how a design would look on a pair of mittens or a hat.

  2. This gives me all sorts of great ideas, Deana. I am so glad you thought of it. My family did a lot of huck weaving and I still have a few towels my mom or aunts did. Let's find some patterns and try something!

  3. We could also try some blackwork designs. I'll see what ones I have and if they can be adopted.

  4. Sally Melville has an early book out where many of the designs are done like this; I think it's called "Sally Melville Knits."

    It's not as good as her knit stith, purl stitch books, however. Doesn't have her warm happiness enthusing the book.


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