I finished my latest shawl last week. It’s a bit of sequence knitting that I designed myself. I LOVE SEQUENCE KNITTING! I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. I really want you to know how awesome it is. It’s such a simple idea – pick a sequence and repeat it – and yet the possibilities are endless! Anyone can become a designer with a basic understanding of sequence knitting.
The thing about sequence knitting is amazing reversible textures that look complex but are easy to execute. My sequence of choice was K5, P5. With just a few little notes about how to create a shape, a triangle in my case, you’ve got the whole pattern already.
Of course, I complicated matters by making two asymmetric triangles but taken individually, either half could be a stand alone design.
The first triangle, the green one, I started at the bottom edge on the right side. I cast on 3 stitches and then worked every row the same: KFB, (K5, P5) to the end. If my row ended K5, P1 I just ignored those 4 purls necessary to complete the sequence. Same thing each time, disregarding the portion of the sequence that was missing.
To work the second triangle, I picked up stitches along the edge of the first triangle, casting on 6 stitches at the top. I really wanted to accentuate the asymmetric shaping.
I set my sequence as K5, P5 again but this time the triangle is shaped with decreases instead of increases. I wanted the top edge to remain straight so I only decreased along the bottom edge.
The result for the orange triangle is a two row repeat, starting from the top edge.
Row 1: (K5, P5) to end. Row 2: K2Tog, (K5, P5) to end.
Last change: For the second triangle, instead of ignoring unworked portions of my sequence, I carried them to the next row. If Row 1 ended K5, P2, the next row began, K2Tog, P3, K5, P5…etc.
I know, it sounds complicated, but really, that’s just me doing me. I like simplicity and complication all at once. I added lots of little bits to customize it. All that extra stuff is completely knitter’s choice! That’s why sequence knitting is great! Maybe you like lace, your sequences could include yarn overs & k2togs. It could be a really long repeat, like K5, P1, K3, P2, K2, P1, K1. If you can remember it, it’s your sequence.
And we haven’t even mentioned the ridiculous color yet. I dyed the base yarn for this project with my Mom. It was Halloween. Maybe I got carried away. Maybe orange, green and purple yarn is a classic example of variegated clown barf. So, maybe double stranding it with other orange and green yarn will tone down what could be variegated nightmare?
Ultimately, it all works. I couldn’t be happier with how this knit-on-a-sequence-whim piece turned out. The yarn, the crazy designing, the sequence knitting, all came together lovely! I really like it. I’ll definitely be wearing it lots!
(at least until my cat sweater is done…it’s on the needles! Stay tuned for an update, it’s gonna be awesome!!)