Posted on May 18, 2004 at 4:51 pm

kilim_detailMost colourwork is fairly straightforward in its requirements: does the knitter strand the yarn across the back in fairisle technique, or twist adjacent yarns together as the row moves across from one colour to the next in intarsia?  And then there’s the whole school of Fasset where the demands of the pattern upon the knitter’s repetoire of colour techniques is opaque.  Such as this keyhole pattern along the bottom border in Kilim, aka, the Insomnia Sweater.

When last we met said garment, the knitter in question, me, was ridiculing her former knitting self for her naivete in carrying the yarn all the way across and muddling the back of the work with unnecessary bulk when it seemed it would be obvious that the simple twist of intarsia would clear all this up. And then I reacquainted myself with the pattern as I cast on for the second half of the front.  I faced this dilemma: worked in cotton, as this is, I know that woven ends never really ever are woven in to stay.  They may rest there fixed behind for awhile, but they like to peek out on occasion just to see if that pesky Chibi Needle is still hanging around.  So the fewer little ends, I say, the better. 
kilim_stitchAnd then I noticed when I was looking through the magazine again, the child’s version of Kilim, (pity the poor knitter) with a telltale view of the sleeve that clearly shows signs of stranding across the back of the work(click for a closer view).
Hey, I wasn’t as dumb as I think I was.

After a Tuesday Night at the Library session, here’s where I am on the second half of the front:progress_1