1. What was the inspiration for your submitted pattern?

One day back in Summer 2012 I've suddenly started to notice plastic bags with a print of multicolored leaves all around. (A bit later I discovered it's an iconic "Multi-Stem" print by Orla Kiely.) Those leaves looked very lively and joyful, and gradually I decided it might be interesting to replicate them in knitting.

2. Was the design process smooth or did you run into any struggles?

From the beginning it became obvious that stems should be worked as one-stitch intarsia, so the only problem was a long float behind the lower part of each leaf. (Even longer floats between two leaves of the same pair would be secured with intarsia stems.) But then I thought I could make leaf motifs in "bird's eye" stitch eliminating those long floats. After exploring original Kiely variations on the theme I shifted every other tier to have more stems around, and this defined which heel and toe to use.

The next obstacle was to get the right yarn for leaves. It took three attempts, but I really like the outcome.

3. What was the most valuable lesson you learned along the way?

Every task presents opportunities to be creative.

4. What materials are required to complete this pattern?

TOOLS: size US 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needle(s) or set of 4 double pointed needles, crochet hook 2.5mm, tapestry needle.

YARNS: Fingering weight (#1 Superfine).

Shown here: Zwerger Garn Opal Solids 4-ply (75% wool, 25% nylon; 425m (465yds) per 100g) #3081 ecru – 40g;

Regia Mosaik Color 4-fadig (75% wool, 25% nylon; 210m (230yds) per 50g) #05560 green – 22g;

Zitron Trekking Sport XXL (75% wool, 25% nylon; 420m (459yds) per 100g) #1456 beige – 20g.

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