I worked a bunch on Hemlock
this weekend and I realized I was going to finish it pretty soon, and I haven't picked out the next sweater I want to start (I want three going at all times). I'm excited about using the chartreuse linen yarn I bought, so I went to Ravelry.
The color is pretty bold, so I couldn't find anything in my queue that looked like it would be right. I got it into my head that I wanted to do something with lots of holes ... sort of digital looking ... pixel lace. After failing to find what I wanted in the Ravelry pattern search, I tried a yarn search to see what people were making with Knit Picks' Cotlin.
That's when I saw elisadallomo's cha-cha-ccepted / Framboise
(account needed to view link) in chartreuse. Perfect! Erm, well, sort of. It's two squares sewn together. I tried to convince myself that it would look good on me, but I couldn't. But now I'd seen something that I really liked, so I knew it was possible.
Next up, the internets. To keep up on fashion trends, I occasionally visit the websites for Anthropologie and Mod Cloth. I also look at Urban Outfitters, though I've been loathing their clothes lately. It's good to know what the kids are wearing, though, to be in the loop, sort of. ;) During this virtual stroll through the mall I hit the jackpot.
I totally love Anthropologie's Stitched Medley Sweater
. Holes and more holes. And woven trellis cables. I was surprised that I liked the mint sweater with those blue jeans, but I do.
I'm pretty sure the small hole pattern is a basic honeycomb stitch. But the big fancy one, boy howdy, I have nothing like that in any of my stitch books. Nor in any of the magazines or pamphlets I have. And I looked through a bazillion and half knit patterns on Ravelry looking for something like that. I was prepared to buy any pattern that would teach me that stitch pattern. Nada.
It looks like a woven trellis cable/travelling stitches with dropped knit stitches in the middle that are then all knit into at once. Beautiful, structural, and complicated. Swatch time!
The first bit is a small honeycomb. I think I need a medium one for the front of the sweater. This was close enough to validate my thought, though. Then I tried just winging a woven trellis with holes in the middle. Close-ish, but not very structural. Next I did a double yarn over mesh. Big holes!
Here are the big holes with more stockinette between them.
Playing around with cables.
Oh, my! I tried forever to do a swatch of lacy diamonds and I just wasn't getting it. I knit and frogged this section 3 or 4 times before I just purled a row and ...
... finally figured out where I was going wrong. Yay! I stuck some random, centered purls in the diamonds to see if they looked nice. I was considering using this instead of the fancy woven trellis. Maybe.
Later, I found Urban Outfitter's Pins and Needles Open Stitch Sweater
. Woohoo! It looks like brightly-colored, multi-mesh panel sweaters are a thing.
I couldn't find any patterns like this on Ravelry, so I'll be Frankenstein-ing this together once I find the stitches I want to use. Oh! If you have any source for learning the stitch up there, please let me know. I found some fantastic Barbara Walker stitches in her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Stitch Treasuries, but not that exact stitch. In related news, I now need to psyche myself up to spend $90 on stitch treasuries.