15 Jan 2014

The Ocean Currents Rug

There's something wonderful about watching waves as they come in to the shoreline. Sometimes it can be a passing yacht disturbing the water of a lake at sunset, sending ripples across the surface and catching the light on every wave. And sometimes it can be that quiet, gently rhythm of the sea. Both are magical and inspiring. 

It was like that the other day when we were walking by the coast. The sun was low, the sky clear and every wave glistened briefly as it came towards the land. We sat for a while and at that lower viewing angle the colours were heightened even further to deep blues and palest turquoises.

I returned home and sat with a notebook and coloured pencils, trying to capture that feeling of light and shade, rhythm and movement. Then I set to translate that into knitting — and here it is, the Ocean Currents Rug.

The pattern uses symmetrical repeats but without predictability, giving the design a three-dimensional quality.

I worked the rug with hand-spun yarn, but of course you can use commercially available yarn too. However, I love dyeing and spinning my own yarn so it seemed a natural choice for me. 

Although you'll see lots of yarn colours in the rug, I actually only dyed three different shades! I then carded and blended these to produce the five yarn colours used in the design.

The wonderfully gentle gradations of colour in the final rug are achieved by working with two strands of these blended yarns held together in ever-changing combinations. 

In the sample, I have worked the rug with a tonal blue colourway. However, the design could equally well lend itself to interpretation using other colours and mixtures. For example, contrasting shades of blacks, greys and reds would give a stunning modern rug, or it could be worked in teenage shades of orange and pink!

The pattern includes stitch charts and line-by-line instructions, together with hand-dyeing formulae and information for spinning the yarns should you choose to work a hand-spun version. 

For more details about Ocean Currents Rug knitting pattern please click here.

There is also a co-ordinating pattern, the Ocean Currents Blanket available separately. Read all about that pattern here.

Happy Knitting!


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