02 March, 2011

Browsing Other Embossed Exchange Motifs

I went browsing for other embossed exchange motif patterns since I like the look of their undulating raised surfaces so much.

Carol Sunday's Milkweed looks very delicate and feathery, with long slender leaf shapes dappled with many lacey holes along their centres.

Madelinetosh's Creature Comforts Cardi has bold leaves shaped like oak leaves.  I squinted at them for a while trying to decipher the way the lower lobes of the leaves are formed.

Lori Law's Whither Mitts have simple, straight leaves.  I like the upward direction of the leaves.  Law's Sleepy Hollow Socks have the same leaves pointing downward.  I imagine (in my yet-to-knit-a-sock state) you could improvise and create a sock with leaf shapes going upward.  You could knit from the toe up.  Or, you could cast on with a provisional cast on around the ankle, knit down to the toe, go back and pick up the live stitches, and knit up to the cuff.  You'd have to allow for increasing the width of the sock as you knit up.  Certainly I would think that decrease stitches going down (which I assume are in the pattern, I haven't read it) would be easier to do and less noticeable.  Practical constraints are definitely practical considerations.

Is there such a thing as armchair knitting, like armchair travelling and armchair quarterbacking?

The leaves point upward in Natalie Bursztyn's Midsummer Night's Dream socks.

Melissa LaBarre's Ashfield cardigan has slim vertical panels of overlapping pairs of leaves on either side of the button band.  From the same book, Cecily Glowik MacDonald's Derry Raglan and Cowl patterns have a detail described as knitted lace that looks like an embossed exchange motif to me.

Ysolda Teague's Snapdragon Tam has small leaves in the reverse stockinette fields between cables.  Not an exchange motif I don't think but certainly an embossed one.

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