Monday, 2 February 2015

Gladioli Sweater in the Knitter Magazine Issue 81

My Gladioli sweater design is on the front cover of the Knitter Magazine! The design was inspired by the beautiful Gladioli that I watched slowly emerge from tiny buds to gorgeous flowers. I love having these flowers in my kitchen and watching them slowly change over several days.

Gladioli Sweater by Emma Vining
Photo by the Knitter Magazine
The sweater has a centre panel of three gladioli ‘stalks’ with different coloured buds. The buds are made using cables and the colour is added after knitting and blocking using a decorative weave darning technique. The base of each bud is then closed by loosely wrapping the cable stitches to pull them together. 

Gladioli Sweater by Emma Vining
Photo by the Knitter Magazine
You need three shades of Rennie Handknits Chunky Lambswool Aran to make this sweater: The main shade is Stonehenge (207) and the two shades used for the decorative darning are Marzipan (992) and Cream (412). There is also a Masterclass on the decorative darning technique in Issue 81, with step by step photos showing how I added the colour to one of the buds.

Gladioli Sweater by Emma Vining
Photo by the Knitter Magazine

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