December 21, 2008

Preview of Exploded View

(shown flat…some people at the shop were tempted to wrap it around themselves like an octopus stole)

(shown pre-seaming on a dressmaker’s dummy)

So, as noted on Exploded View’s Ravelry page and in the Knitgrrl pattern shop

Some people see a knitted dissected frog and say “ew!” Some people end up designing a sweater because it gave them an idea. (Note: I am one of the latter)

Exploded View is based on the principle of, what else? exploded view. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees when you’re in the middle of knitting a sweater, and I wanted to create a design that would be…

  • easy to knit
  • a good ‘transitional’ pattern for people coming to the world of sweater knitting from, say, scarf knitting
  • a flexible template for you to make your own design decisions
  • flattering and fun
  • a good way to use up stash yarn

Because you’re only working on any one section at a time after you’ve knit the yoke, this sweater not only knits up fast but it can even accommodate different stitch patterns in each panel if you like. This sample was done in Cascade 109 bulky and I’m currently working on a worsted-weight one as well. I may even do a felted version because I have some other ideas…hmm.


Pattern for this and Rivulet are coming soon, I promise — I’ve had my hands full! Though, if you want proof that Rivulet looks good on plus-size, take a gander at its Rav page, I’ve just uploaded a shot of myself with horrifically windblown hair modeling it for you. If it looks good on me, trust me, it’ll look good on you!

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  • AimeeRose

    This may very well be the only way I’ll be able to make a sweater…. and it’s giving me ideas for the 109 I ordered! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

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  • jonquil

    i like ‘exploded’. some very nice ideas do swirl when viewing.

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  • Pandorasslave

    I really like the design, and it’s a great way to teach people how to understand the schematic side of patterns as well.

    Thanks for keeping knitting interesting!

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  • Amber

    I adore it, and it totally makes me think of a tux jacket with tails! I want to make it in green so it looks like a grass hopper jacket.

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  • Shannon Frye

    Hey Shannon,
    Just wanted to tell you that I LOVE Knitgrrl 1 and Knitgrrl 2!!! I made my mom a boombox bag in brown. . . Hopefully she likes it! I also made both my little brother and my older brother the CD case.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
    ~Shannon Frye

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