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26 april, 2007

I was knitting a sample of the Old Shale lace pattern -- which has a wonderful and hypnotic rhythm -- when I suddenly and inexplicably had an urge to graft.  Don't ask why, just go with it.  I knit two samples and then grafted them together using EZ's instructions from her Knitters's Almanac.  As an aside, if you don't already own the Knitter's Almanac, buy it.  It will be the best $7.95 you've ever spent and will introduce you to the first "knit blogger".

Here's EZ's take on grafting, or as she calls it "weaving"

... be doubly assured that weaving, when you have really learned to do it, and are in possession of a good large blunt weaving-needle, is more fun than needlepoint.  It is a talent to be gloried in; wait no longer to acquire it.

And there you have it, weaving is more fun than needlepoint. 

Yarn: RY's Cashsoft DK
Needles: US 7
Stitch: Old Shale
Source: Weaving instructions from EZ's Knitter's Almanac, page 46.
Techniques: Grafting aka weaving EZ style. 

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As I have a 2/3-finished needlepoint pillowtop that I began in 1986, I don't see EZ's statement as a strong endorsement for grafting! But it is a very handy technique to master, which you have clearly done. I am still an apprentice, but a sometimes successful apprentice.

Posted by: Brenda | Apr 27, 2007 8:44:41 AM

A stunning mirror image like the wings of a butterfly (and suspicously close to looking like crochet)

Posted by: Angie | Apr 27, 2007 12:18:41 PM

This swatch reminds me of a butterfly as well. And as for grafting, I actually enjoy it. Or is it the end result I love?

Posted by: Anne | Apr 27, 2007 8:31:48 PM

I just finished a scarf using the "Pfauenschweifmuster" (peacock tail pattern) as it is called in German and was looking for the English name of it when I came across this entry... you're so right about the rhythm of this pattern, it's hypnotic. I enjoyed knitting it very much.

Posted by: Alex | May 2, 2007 9:01:45 AM

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