POW: Tangled Up In Gray Pullover
Fashion designers make obvious use of patterns and texture, but the symmetry of their garments can be a subtle or overt way to establish a statement look. A “traditional” garment can take on new life when pattern motifs, closures, and hems are off center. The Tangled Up in Gray Pullover from Interweave Knits Fall 2017 takes full advantage of asymmetry, as have many throughout history.
In the Tangled Up in Gray Pullover, designer Sloane Rosenthal applies asymmetry to knitting. Both knitting and cut-and-sew fashion can adjust hems and necklines easily, but we knitters have the ability to adjust patterning and texture in a way that sewn fashion does not. Applying asymmetry to our patterns pushes our knitting into a new dimension. Offsetting colorwork, cables, or texture patterns from the centerline to one side and choosing not to mirror it on the other side can turn a classic design into a modern masterpiece.
On the left front of the Tangled Up in Gray Pullover, long columns of ribbing bloom into three cables with changing patterns. They take all the attention, because the right front features plain stockinette stitch. When the ribbing and cable motifs appear on the back, they’re symmetrical and staggered in a dramatic upside-down V. Sloane Rosenthal took a classic cable pattern and played with symmetry and asymmetry for a totally modern sweater. Pick up your own copy of Knits Fall 2017 and let the Tangled Up in Gray Pullover open you up to a new world of asymmetrical possibilities.
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Yours in yarn,
Finished Size 31.75 (36, 40.5, 43.25, 47.75)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 40.5″; modeled with 4.5″ of positive ease.
Yarn Hudson Valley Fibers Hudson (50% alpaca, 50% Corriedale): storm king, 12 (13, 15, 16, 18) skeins.
Needles Sizes 5 (3.75 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 32″ circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers; removable markers waste yarn; cable needle; stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 19 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles; 24 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in charted cable patt on larger needles.
Notes This pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed.
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