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Rick Mondragon,

What’s your Angle?

There are many ways to pick a knitting project, and knitters approach it from different directions. Some want to focus on the process, whether it be simple stitching, interesting techniques, or full-blown challenges. Others are more interested in the resulting product, garment, silhouette, and fit. While yet others may focus on aesthetics before anything else. One approach is not necessarily exclusive of the other but rather a range within and between.

Tech center
For technique fans, we offer ideas that will keep your mind engaged, as well as your hands.

Stroll through our Berry patch. Reds, pinks, and purples pair up in assorted miters to join the solid-colored body panels. The slanted assembly offers memorable knitting and a noteworthy, asymmetric silhouette.

The undulating waves of Rising tides, our cover scarf, look like a complicated stripe, intarsia, or woven design, but are the result of a series of garter-stitch short rows worked with a long-color-repeat yarn. Blue ridge is a celebration of angles—miters, chevrons, and diagonal panels—combined with stockinette, reverse stockinette, and garter rows. Side vents, slight A-line shaping, and a crocheted border offer a clean, tailored finish.

The French term for zipper is fermeture Éclair, and although this poncho doesn’t need a closure, the two checkerboard-textured panels are joined with entrelac rectangles worked in a similar fashion to zipper teeth. It’s a bit of a challenge to create, but such a rewarding knit! Need we say more?

For the product-driven crowd, these pieces are also uniquely lovely and subject to color changes to suit your garment needs as well as tastes. Such is the case for every project in this issue!

Cable craft
Cables are a great way to create surface texture—as an all-over pattern or confined to a certain portion of a garment. Ropes & rails cover the surface of this classic pullover, light enough to span three seasons. Sideways-knit panels flank the center cable panels of Nacre. This open-front vest features slight A-line shaping and contrasting trim, but the pearl of the design is the embroidered knots added to the front cables.

Side views
Sideways construction offers opportunities not easily accomplished in conventional bottom-up assembly. Verticals become horizontals, and vice-versa.
Ridges, ropes, diamonds, and trellises dance across the body of Side-winding cables. The tunic length is on trend but could easily be shortened by removing a cable panel or two. Maybe a double-breasted Band jacket featuring panels of lace framed by contrasting panels is more your style. The high collar and shaped waistband offer added detailing. From many buttons to none, the Tilt, turn, & tie is worked in mirrored halves that seam at the center back. The construction is clever in that you begin with front diagonal panels that also serve as front bands, then work around to the back. Strategic use of the yarn’s color repeat offers balance, and the tie closure adds the finishing touch.

Self-patterning socks have been the rage for quite a few seasons. Instead of colorful stripes to wrap your legs, Earn your stripes turns them 90° and brings them around your shoulders, to become vertical stripes. Begin work at one narrow corner, widen to the center, then narrow back down to the opposite corner. The piece is long and generous, and can be worn in many ways.
We can create stripes on our own by using two yarns, and if those yarns are multicolored, we get even more bang for our buck.

Sea grass and saffron is set on edge with both stockinette and garter stitches worked within the rows, creating subtle shaping. A simple slit finishes this mock-wrap skirt.

Ridges, ripples, and waves
The magic of taking yarn and making interesting fabrics often comes from stitch combinations. An added punch of color or contrast might help, but they are sound when knit in a single, solid color.

Eyelet clusters lean into one another as they travel the length of Pewter vines. Wear this lace camisole with a cardigan, jacket, or shawl for elegant, yet simple, dressing.

The 2x2 color changes, inspired by architectural trims, add extra character to Dentil work with its leaf-motif panel. Although it looks like a cable, the lace is easier to work, and has no draw-in of gauge as a cable would.

Vertical brioche ribs play against garter stripes in the waistband and yoke of the Boyfriend brioche. With just a little change in length, it is an attractive knit for him!

Quick and easy, the bulky Ever–green duo is a play of ribs. One side provides single-stitch ridges, while the other offers etched lines as a contrast. Our 2x2-to-3x1 rib transition is interesting play for creating buttonholes or eyelets, and the decreases in the cap are unique and visually striking as well.

The almost-solid color of Heather mist is perfect for showcasing the stair-like pattern. Not quite a basketweave, the stitch pattern includes a turn that reminds one of a turn between flights of stairs—placed perfectly to visually “nip in” at the waistline.

Take a series of hand-dyed colors and work Chevron sheath. The frequency of the ripple row dictates the shaping of the piece, and is quite a fun approach to knitting. Note the great, balanced increases worked within the piece.

A rich palette of techniques, silhouettes, and looks are peppered throughout this issue...
you decide...what is your angle?