Short Rowing Across the Atlantic
Two designers live by the sea, each inspired by the ocean yet expressing that inspiration in very different ways.
Intrigued by the possibilities of the short row technique, they have interpreted the theme of the ocean in their own unique ways. With colour, stitch pattern, and short rows to guide them, they have set out to explore the reaches of the Atlantic.
Ilga Leja tackles the brooding Mid-Atlantic while Jane Thornley describes the many-hued shoreline.
In the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, the waves are often dark and brooding, currents rolling over each other in rhythmic patterns. One of these currents is captured in the Mid-Atlantic shawl.
The short row construction along one side and then along the opposite side creates the contrasting movement. At the same time, increases along both sides, together with a softly ruffled border, form the ever-widening shape of this piece.
The modulating colours of a self-striping yarn emphasize the rippling stitch pattern and contribute to the over-all sea-like impression.
The Mid-Atlantic sample pictured is knit with Noro Silk Garden, 45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lamb's wool, (100 m./109 yds. per 50 g. ball), colour no. 354 (Main Colour) and no. 358 (Contrast Colour).
Imagine knitting a slice of Atlantic shoreline to toss over your shoulders or wrap about your neck?
The irregularity of this piece heightens the picturesque mood while offering the knitter opportunity to knit 'off-grid' in an ambulant play of color and texture. There is no wrong way to knit here. Mistakes don't happen, only opportunities to explore new realms and create a shoreline completely your own. Consider this playing in the waves for adults.
Knit in free-form short rows interspersed with irregular riffs of Feather and Fan, Garter, and Stockinette Stitch, the Shoreline wrap undulates in waves of color and texture.
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate