Thursday, October 21, 2010

Feathery shawl

Hey folks.
So, I've been playing with lace shawls! I've been playing around with the Floe shawl as a basis for more complicated lacy designs. I'm planning to make a couple of these, so hopefully this'll be just the first.
The aim was to look like a feathery layered look, with the overlays getting shorter and shorter towards the edge, and representing a bird's wings.
The pattern is really quite simple -- the lace itself is just a K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKP, and the 'breaks' are achieved by just offsetting this by a couple of stitches. I wasn't sure if this would make the distinction clear enough, until I blocked it and pinned it out (although come to think of it I'm not sure if this yarn will actually block?), so I'm very happy with how it turned out. If I did again though, I would have used a slightly larger repeat so that the offsets are clearer, and more regular.

The shawl has adopted itself a friendly Canadian, as you can see here. Yay!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Even more computer-generated knitting!

Oh, apparently I forgot to post this one here -- following the fun with the javascript hat-matron, I decided to write up another quick javascript pattern generator, this time for a less trivial pattern.
I picked the Universal Cover Scarf, since I already have that mostly coded up, and just needed to convert it across.
You can see the result here:

A friend also pointed this website out to me, which does a similar sort of thing, only much better, and in php:
I particularly recommend their sweater generator, which has a huge number of variables, a selection of different constructions and even comes up with graphical representations so you can see how it all works. It's very cool!