Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Robin Hood and Gothic Arches; Or, White Horse Hill

Pattern: White Horse Hill (buy now)
Yarn: madelinetosh sock, 2 hanks (really, one and a third)
Needles: 2.25mm circs

In May I explained how a hottie McGee in an awesomesauce movie captured my attention.
Oh, how inspired I was :)
PhotobucketAnd now, finally, is the completed pattern!

I was so excited to knit this piece. I did more planning for this wee wrap than I have for almost any other pattern I've knit. I knew precisely what I wanted it to look like, and guess what: this time, I actually achieved it!

It's knit from the top down, with charts to guide your way. Featuring Gothic arches (or at least, my humble attempts at such reproduction) made from fun cables and twisty twists.
The bottom section, that ruffly bit there? That's mainly just moss stitch, with the main arms of the arches extending downwards to anchor the "windows" to the edge of the wrap.

Photobucket I hope this is one of those (rare) instances when a ruffle is a good thing. It was mondo fun to knit.

This was also in part due to the stunning beauty of the yarn. Not only is it unbelievably soft and springy, the rich, rich colour is almost hypnotizing.

I've worn it around a few times; it's a pretty adaptable piece. The ribbon lacing means that you can wear it tighter or looser, depending on your desired look. Personally, I'm a fan of the long ends dangling down and dancing in the breeze (which, believe me, I tried to get a nice photo of. The wind, she no cooperated! Shifty nature... you just can't reason with it.)


Anonymous said...

I love it. A great capelet/poncho, with wonderful drape. You SHOULD be proud.

juicyknits said...

This is perfect. The yarn, the drape, the texture and the colour. Love it!

Julie said...

It's gorgeous! I love the design, it's really amazing, and I bet it's perfect for the chilly nights that are coming. I'm definitely adding to my queue!

Hilary said...

Wow...this is a stunning piece. The cables look exactly like gothic arches! Exactly! And the ruffle is perfect. I like that it's a long ruffle, and it's really subtle. Absolutely perfect.

Julie said...

Absolutely beautiful, Teresa. Your design definitely does justice to that gorgeous yarn.