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Design Process: Mystère

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by Cecily Glowik MacDonald Originally published on her blog, Winged Knits.

 

I am so thrilled to have a design included in twist collective's Winter 09 issue. For this design I began with the idea that I wanted a pullover that could be worn dressed up with a skirt or just thrown on with jeans, something very versatile and easy to wear.  I really wanted it to be a rather simple knit with a few easy details to keep it interesting, what I think of as relaxing, almost meditative knitting.

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I love the texture of the Reverse Stockinette Stitch up against the smooth Stockinette Stitch panels.  Down the center of the Stockinette Stitch Panels on the front and back is what I called a “shadow cable”.  This cable is twisted many rows apart to keep it from pulling the stitches as much as a traditional cable does, this keeps the panel more flat and adds a bit of “Mystère” as to what the stitch is. 

 

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And the saddle shoulder is an unexpected touch.

 

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The lovely gray in the model sweater is a wonderful choice for a garment that can be worn with many outfits, but I also think that this design would work well in a strong, bright color. However, when choosing a color for this sweater it is important to note that the darker the color, the less visible the shadow cable will be.  The cable is basically visible because of the shadows cast by the twisted, raised stitches, the darker the color, the less contrast there is between the shadows and highlight areas.