Everyone is excited about this second Rowan KAL. This time Rowan has invited the master of colour itself to design a pattern for their Pure Wool Worsted yarn.
Kaffe Fassett is well known in the world of crafters. He has attracted people worldwide to patchwork, knitting and needlepoint crafts. His books has influenced a lot of crafters and designers. It’s works were exhibited in various places all over the word. He was the fist living textile artist, whose works where exhibit at the V&A museum in London. For over 40 years Kaffe has produced the most dramatic and colourful knitting designs people have seen. Now he shows us his great sense for colour in this Knit-along.
As Kate Buller already mentioned in the introduction video to this Knit-along, it is also suitable for beginner knitters. It is encouraging knitters all over the world to knit together. But this should not be the only message heard. It shows, working with colours don’t have to be stressful or complicated. This is the message of this Knit-along. With simple techniques you are able to produce an heirloom knit for generations to come. Especially if it is knitted using a great yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Worsted.
I have knitted the first Rowan Mystery KAL with Martin Storey and I have washed my finished afghan in my washing machine, using a wool program and afterwards I have thrown it into my dryer. Sacrilege (some howled)! What happened? Well, nothing! The afghan is still as wonderful, colourful and soft as it was before this treatment and it does not lose its shape!
But back to this Knit-along.
“Technically, the stripe is the easiest colour pattern to achieve in knitting. There are no changes of colour within the rows; you just knit a row or two or twelve or whatever, in one colour at a time. Getting a really exiting use of colour, however, even with simple stripes, is one of the greets challenges of all.
Stripes are the most basic textile pattern and every culture since time began has developed its own variations.” (Kaffe Fassett: Glorious Knitting, 1985, p.12)
For this Knit-along Kaffe has chosen 4 different colourways.
The Brown Colourway
The Pastel Colourway
The Red Colourway
The Turquoise Colourway
Besides a shopping list Rowan provides instructional videos. Sarah Hatton, well know Rowan designer is explaining the techniques used in this KAL.
This time I have chosen the Pastel Colourway for my afghan. Which colourway do you like most?