Piecework is more than a collection of miscellaneous patterns. Each project comes with a story that links us and our knitting to a sister /brother artisan or culturethe magazine is a reminder of how rich and individualand modernour heritage is. A heritage that we share with friends and the internet everyday, and one that we share with knitters past.
As an example, if you love to knit lace, look up the May 2009 Piecework. The entire issue is devoted to lace of all kinds. One of the projects is a beautiful shawl designed by the mentor of Russian knitter Galina Khmeleva. In the current issue, you’ll find a pretty scarf by Estonian lace expert Nancy Bush and a pair of warm lace wristlets knitted in cashmere. Both projects were designed to be portable for summer travels.
If you like traditional Scandinavian colorwork, as I do, you’ll want to knit the pair of sturdy mittens with colorwork motifs taken from a piece of Norwegian embroidery. (I’ll make mine in CEY’s Fresco.) Also in the current issue is a story on a nineteenth-century embroidered quilt. The colorful stitches have me thinking about what I might do with embroidered motifs on stockinette or felted fabric.
With all there is about knitting constantly coming in the door or showing up on the computer screen, I still welcome each issue of Piecework. When it arrives, I stop and sit down with it for a few minutes. The pictures of artifacts and current work, in all their varied colors, patterns, and textures, encourage me to invent anew and rediscover the satisfactions of all kinds of knitting.
50% cotton, 50% microfiber
Sundance is a machine washable blend of cotton and microfiber. Cotton is a wonderful natural fiber that is very soft and takes dyes well. The addition of microfiber eliminates some of the weight that could occur from 100% cotton yarns while adding a subtle sheen. Sundance’s 22-color palette allows for many color combinations that easily coordinate with this year’s summer dresses. Sundance is also machine washable. If the rings you use for the wheels in your necklace are washer safe, you can throw your Crosswheel necklace and bracelet in the wash and then lie them flat to dry.
Here is the free downloadable Sundance Crosswheel Jewelry pattern.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try these: page 1, page 2
Recently, I have been very interested in the different types of closures that can be used in garments. Dorset buttons have become one of my favorites, they can be made to either match your sweater perfectly, by using the leftover yarn, or they can be worked in another color(s) and used as a contrasting design element. Dorset buttons may be used as working buttons, or just sewn on as decoration. Or, as in the Crosswheel Jewelry, they can be used to make an accessory all by themselves.
Learn how to make a Dorset Button.