Now that I am no longer distracted by the lovely golden Gossamer pullover, I have gone back to knitting Escher.
I had stopped midway across the back centerpiece of this cardigan jacket, which is essentially a long rectangle with curved edges, and a triangle in the center shaped from short rows. (Yes, it’s kind of hard to describe.) This is close to where I stopped before:
And this is what it looks like today:
I have to say – I have no idea what this will end up looking like on and whether or not it will fit, but I am completely blown away by its construction! It is a piece of knitting genius! (Hopefully, I will still think this when I have finished it and tried it on.) This is one of those designs where you can read the pattern many times, yet it doesn’t make a lick of sense until you are doing it, and then it suddenly emerges from confusion.
The cardigan was designed by the ultra-talented Alexis Winslow for Brooklyn Tweed and published in Wool People 8. I try to envision how she designed it; I imagine her cutting up pattern paper and folding and twisting it like origami. For those who’ve forgotten, or are new to these pages, this is what the finished piece is supposed to look like:
I would not recommend this for a beginning knitter due to the complicated (but did I say genius?) construction. It will also put off anyone who doesn’t want to knit miles and miles of ribbing in fingering weight wool. Believe me – this cardi is 70% ribbing.
Regardless of how it eventually turns out, it is a learning experience, and miles of ribbing notwithstanding, a joy to knit.