Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Riddle of the Interlocking Honeycomb Pattern

Myth: You need good math skills to design yourself a sweater.

Fact: They would certainly help.

I laboured an entire evening trying to figure out a simple geometric colourwork pattern. It took several incarnations, but finally I arrived at the appropriate honeycomb shape.
Subsequently, I have incorporated said laboured-over chart into a sweater I'm currently knitting up, fancifully titled Apiarius.

As of this moment I've gotten up to the arm joins (Apiarius being a bottom-up yoked sweater), and now have only to cross my fingers and hope the honeycomb pattern will line up nicely when all sweater bits meet.

Being the lazy, math-fearing knitter I am, I have laughed in the face of preparedness and scorned the preliminary work of creating an accurate chart as to placement of said honeycomb patterning for the entire yoke section.

This post, it must be added, is implicated in aforementioned preparedness-scorning, and may very well be scorned itself when the knitting gawds get wind of my haughty trot into the wild unknowns that are colourwork yokes.

You'll be able to tell how I've gotten on with this sweater by the number of creative Shakespearean curses I do, or do not, include in my next post.

Til the morrow!


alittlebitofscrap said...

Wow. Such bravery. I like that. Looking forward to what happens with it.

Julie said...

oooh, another canarysancturary pattern in the works!! :D I'm pretty envious of your knitting creativity!

juicyknits said...

Nice honeycomb picture. Curious what you're working on.

LittleCanoe said...

This post made me laugh! Good luck!

Mette May said...

I love to read what you write :)

Hilary said...

I am waiting with bated breath to see how this turns out!! My bet is on AMAZING. It's about the instinct, not the math!

Kathleen Dames said...

Good luck with that - stinkin' math.

Carol said...

heh. We call em 'power words'

Anonymous said...

lol, this is great! :D