A term in musical theory, Oblique Motion occurs when one voice remains on a single pitch while the other ascends or descends. An apt name for my latest knitting pattern, the colorwork pattern for this sweater will have one knitting up or down on the right side, while the wrong side remains the same. If you’ve knit my Unalakleet, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, what I mean is that the wrong side mirrors the right side, which makes working the colorwork a cinch.
Oblique Motion is a top-down cardigan with an allover diamond colorwork pattern. Cardigan features an upright collar worked in doubleknitting technique that is both reversible and wearable folded up or folded down. The doubleknitting continues down the overlapping front panels so that the underside looks equally pleasing as the outside and provides additional structure. The body and sleeves are worked in normal stranded colorwork knitting, with raglan shoulder shaping. The sleeve cuffs and bottom hem of the body are also worked in doubleknitting so that the fabric lies flat and looks neat on the underside. Cardigan is worked seamlessly and no steek is needed as the colorwork pattern is easy to work on the right side and the wrong side of the fabric. Pattern is sized from 30″ / 76 cm to 60″ / 152 cm bust, with sizing increments every 2″ / 5 cm
Pattern Difficulty: Advanced. Pattern uses stranded knitting, stranded purling, doubleknitting, increases and decreases in stranded knitting, and grafting using Kitchener Stitch.
This is the first pattern I’ve ever rated as ‘advanced.’ Though, if you are comfortable with the above-listed skills, this is a very easy pattern to knit. I decided to rate it ‘advanced’ simply due to the number of techniques involved – - as with anything, if you have the skills, it’s easy. Personally, I love patterns that utilize different skills but are “easy”. I designed the colorwork pattern to be easily “memorizable” – - I suspect that anyone who makes their way though the first repeat of the first chart will barely have to glance at the other charts for the rest of the sweater pattern.
That said, knitting this sweater is not for the faint of heart. Consider this: a full length sweater worked with a combination of stranded knitting (and stranded purling!) as well as doubleknitting in fingering weight yarn. It’s not one of those quick projects you can slam out in a weekend… or five weekends. Even if you are going to knit the smallest size, you will be using almost 3000 yards / 2300 meters worth of yarn, and double that for the largest size. This is a project for the Fearless Knitter.
As for what in the world I was thinking when I designed and knat this, it was my attempt to find a good way to use a handpainted yarn in a sweater. I understand that the design of this sweater might be too bold for some, but I’ve always been drawn to boldness in fashion.
With regards to the handpainted yarn, I had a few skeins of the Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted sock yarn in the Crystal Colorway. I thought it was such a beautiful yarn and I wanted to make a sweater with it, but even for me, handpainted yarns can be too bold for sweaters. I tried a variety of different stitch patterns, swatched and swatched and swatched, until finally it occurred to me that I could combine it with a solid yarn and whip up a colorwork sweater. BAM!
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Yarn Main Color:Knit Picks Palette (fingering weight, 100% wool, 231 yards / 211 meters per 50 gram skein), Marine Heather Colorway – 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11 skeins
Yarn Contrasting Color: Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted (fingering weight, 75% merino, 25% nylon, 462 yards / 422 meters per 50 gran skein), Crystal Colorway – 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, skeins
Needles: One US 4 / 3.5 mm long circular needle for body and yoke, and set of US 4 / 3.5 mm double pointed needles for sleeves, or size to achieve gauge.
Gauge: 28 stitches by 36 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 x 10 cm in Colorwork pattern (stranded knitting) after blocking.
Notions: Stitch markers (6), stitch holders (4), tapestry needle, 1″ / 2.5 cm buttons (12)