17 Dec 2017

Mathematics and Knitting

I remember learning about Parallelograms when I suppose I was about 6 or 7. There were two things that I remember very clearly about that class. The first was that they included such interesting shapes, like rectangles that a giant had pushed to one side. 

The other was learning how to say "Parallelogram"! It's one of those words that just seems to have too many R's and L's in it - a bit like the word game we used to try to say really fast: 
"Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry..."

Today I am featuring Horizontal Parallelogram Check from Chapter 7 of our Reversible Knitting Stitches book and a lovely cowl that Anna designed using this stitch, the Cloud Cowl

I love the symmetry of angled parallelograms. They have a strong horizontal line forming the top and bottom but the sides are at a diagonal. This gives an interesting dynamic with other shapes forming around them. You can place an angled parallelogram inside a rectangle with two triangles to the sides, or place them next to each other so that the spaces between form into other parallelograms.

In Horizontal Parallelogram Check, the shapes are formed from purl stitches standing out from the knit background. The knit stitches form into their own parallelograms which look like they have been stamped into the background, so that the pattern seems in constant motion.

The pattern is most unusual and catches the light in an interesting way. It is truly reversible except that the shapes lean to the right on one side and to the left on the other.

Anna used this stitch pattern in her Cloud Cowl design using a beautifully soft, loosely-spun yarn. The cowl is also worked on larger needles so that the stitch traps the air and makes the cowl super toasty to wear. When you put it on, it feels like you are being enveloped in a warm cloud!

The Horizontal Parallelogram Check pattern looks so different when worked in this yarn. If it had been worked with a tightly-twisted yarn on small needles, the pattern would have shown strong details and intersecting lines. However, in the Cloud Cowl, the pattern swirls into interesting shapes as you wrap it around your neck.

If you would like to read more about the Cloud Cowl pattern, then please click here.

Please click here to read the first in this series of blogposts, then follow the links at the bottom of each post to see all the stitch patterns featured.

To read more about the Reversible Knitting Stitches book, please click here
The book is available as an E-Book, a Print book, or a Print and E-Book Package.

Until tomorrow,

Happy Reversible Knitting!


Last Blogpost: Lamberhurst Scarf

Anna's Website: www.kikuknits.com

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