My other design appearing in this issue of Clotheshorse is San Graal, a mini skirt that's oh so snuggly warm.
San Graal means Holy Grail, the subject of many tapestries but significantly the tapestries of William Morris, who enjoyed "hiding images of flora and fauna within the intricate curls and swirls of a design" (quote taken from the Clotheshorse submission call). There's also a double entendre invoked here.
This skirt knit up super fast in Blissful Knits Adore, even at the firm gauge required to make a skirt sag-proof. There are also instructions for making the skirt not-quite-so-mini, but I think this version is incredibly cute and the vertical elements (the alligators and bird legs and tails) are slimming.
San Graal is a great project for those new to color stranding because of its small size and lack of repeated motifs which can call attention to mistakes. Why don't you give it a try?
The new Clotheshorse is out, and two of my designs are included in the Tapestry section.
Hestia is a shaped cashmere-blend pullover with negative ease. It fits like a glove and feels wonderful next to the skin. This piece uses an interesting method of stranded colorwork that leaves some strands visible. With careful finishing, the garment is reversible. The reverse side has the stripes showing in the opposite order from the photographed side.
The Hestia Tapestry is a Byzantine work from the 6th century A.D. Hestia is the Greek goddess of the hearth and home. The stylized flowers on the pullover have a rather Byzantine shape, and the colors may be similar to the tapestry's original colors. The cuffs and neckline are a subtler version those on Hestia's robe.
Next up: San Graal
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