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Knitting Jazz

Julia here.

One of my favorite things about the internet is how it spreads the inspiration around, be it a spark of an idea for an entirely new design, or a full blown finished object from another knitter to admire, and heck, copy stitch for stitch.  In this post, I thought I'd share with you some of  the "jazz riffs" on Twist projects I've come across in the last few weeks  (including an FO of my own, if you'll indulge me a bit), and a few ideas I have for projects to come (again, with the indulgence).

I always enjoy it when a knitter transposes a chart or a cable pattern from one pattern into another silhouette or socks or mitts.  The Sleepy Monkey Blanket, Little Birds, Harika, and Sylvi have all enjoyed alternative incarnations since they were released to the creativity of knitters.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone will similarly take Robin Melanson's Frost Tapestry to a new level, perhaps as a black and white sweater with that chart emblazoned across the chest.

frost_tapestry


Sometimes it's proportion that transforms a pattern from a "nice enough" to a "must knit", like the Karazuri Bag from Leila Wice.  Here it is in the original size, and also a shorter version which I think is delectable.


karazuribag


The potential of any pattern for personal translation is terrific, but Twist knitters seem to be particularly attuned to how to make our patterns work for them. No one has put sleeves on Uhura yet, but I have seen a sleeveless Pas de Valse, and a Kelmscott in process that convinced me it would also make a great vest. These are tweaks of detail that make a finished project special.

Martha's version (ravelry link) of Mari Muinonen's Luminen really grabs me.  Martha omitted the snowflakes of the original design, and continued the cable that borders the front edge and pockets so that it became a low slung belt around the back.


martha's_luminen


luminen_belt


Suddenly this design has traded a bit of the wholesale whimsy of the original for some sophistication.  And if you ask me, that gorgeous shade of Cascade 220 Heathers doesn't hurt a bit.

It's wonderful how colour can change the perception of a pattern.  Often we photograph a sweater in cream or light colours so that all the little details won't be missed on the webpage.  Fiona Ellis's Paula is a good example of such a sweater whose wonderful cables and traveling stitches could have been lost if we chose a dark yarn.  I couldn't wait to make my own version in a bright happy green, a perfect antidote for the gloom of winter in New England.


paula


Another sweater I think can be jazzed with as far as color goes is Kate Gilbert's Kirigami.  It's a sweater of unique construction techniques, and the two knitters I have heard from so far who have made it say it was the most fun sweater they ever made.  I can't wait. This image of a striped iceberg (via WebEcoist)


stripediceberg


has planted an idea in my head to knit Kate's sweater out of Kureyon or Silk Garden, with a complimentary plain yarn, but probably not snow white.  Can't you just picture it?


kirigami



Like I said, you never know where you're going to find ideas out here.