It started simply enough, and it had nothing, nothing I tell you, to do with knitting.
I'm in a photography exhibit early next year, at a lovely gallery, with some respected photographer friends. I wanted to create a new image for the show, to suit a theme. So, I let a bunch of ideas roll around unattended in my brain. Then,
just before the deadline , inspiration struck. It demanded a large, assertive prop. Nothing felt quite right. At the very last minute I decided to knit the prop: a nice loud large cowl.
I’ve named it Decibella. A cowl that makes itself heard.
The photo shoot happened, see out take, above. I made my deadline. All's well and good, right? But then? I ripped and re-knit the cowl, finetuning, fixing some awkward design elements. Whoosh! Suddenly it is all about knitting. I figured I'd write up the pattern. I'd worked out the kinks, it's pretty awesome in its assertiveness. Maybe someone else will want it, too.
So here's my query: It seems I used a pattern stitch that doesn’t have a name. At least, not one I can find. It looks brioche-y but I can assure you, it's not. I thought it was Shaker Rib, but no. Here ‘s the only place online I can find the exact same stitch, and it's a Craftster.Org post from 2004 in which the the knitter says she unvented it. So, what is this stitch's name?
I am skeptical there's actually anything new in stitches. That's one of the things I find so cool about knitting. You think you just made a fresh new design in tote bags? Nah. A sister in Greece sitting on a rocky island used the same stitch combo 100 years ago. I know I used a variant of Shaker Rib in the round, that much I can tell you. Check out that link , and if you know what it’s really called, help me, please. I’m admittedly a few volumes short of a full stitch library (coughnoBarbaraWalkerTreasurycough) so I'm thinking crowdsourcing might just be the ticket. I'd like to be able to say what stitch I'm telling you to use in the pattern, along with describing how to do it.
I'm looking forward to the answer to this mystery. And if you also come up empty-handed? Just make up a name. I bet it'll be better than any I've thought of. Two Color Double Half Fishermans Rib anyone?
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