Wrap Yourself Up In Some New Knitting Techniques!
I get a lot of questions about the difficulty levels of our patterns. It’s only natural, knitters want to know what they’re getting into before they start.
I’m happy to let you know that all of the patterns in the new issue of knit.wear include difficulty levels. We’ve labeled them with dots that tell you exactly how difficult we think the patterns are: 1 dot = Beginner; 2 dots = Easy; 3 dots = Intermediate; and 4 dots = Experienced.
But you know what? I wouldn’t take these at face value, because I think you’re probably a more advanced knitter than you think you are. At least that’s always held true for me and most of my knitting buddies.
Challenging ourselves can be a little bit scary, but when it comes to knitting, it makes us better at our craft. With each new technique we master, we increase our skills, and we get to know our knitting preferences better. For instance, I’m not a lover of intarsia. I’ve tried it and I can do it, but I just prefer not to. I’m sure you have your favorites, and not-so-favorites, too.
The editors of knit.wear also listed the knitting techniques featured in each of the patterns, so you can see at a glance what you need to know in order to knit the project. I love this feature; if there is intarsia involved, I can see that right away and decide whether I like the design enough to deal with it.
We’ve got three shawl kits that feature knit.wear patterns—one that’s considered a beginner pattern, one that’s labelled easy, and one that’s intermediate. The latter is Melanie Berg’s Sangaku Shawl, which features stranded colorwork. It’s one of the top “favorited” patterns on Ravelry, too. Obviously, right?
The Aita Wrap by Bristol Ivy is our beginner pattern, and it incorporates dropped stitches to make some seriously cool texture. It’s pictured below right.
Our easy pattern might surprise you. It’s the Guriddo Stole by Sandhya Shading, featuring an allover lace pattern that’s presented in chart form. You can see the detail of the lace design below. (The color looks totally different from the one above, but it’s the same. Different lighting, probably.)
If you’re new to lace knitting techniques or charts, this is the perfect pattern for you! We labelled it easy because it’s a simple chart with a 25-stitch, 32-row repeat.
The lace pattern is comprised of simple knit and purl stitches, yarn overs, and knit two together (k2tog) and slip slip knit (ssk) decreases. It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous lace stole is made from a repeat of just 25 stitches!
You’ll have the Guriddo Stole chart memorized in no time, and this beauty will be done and ready to wear quicker than you can imagine.