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Workshop #59 -A conversation about texture with Designer1234.
I hope you will join this conversation as it is so important to understand how to add texture to your knitting and crochet projects
Good morning everyone We have been carrying on a wonderful conversation about color and now we will do the same thing with Texture- How it can be used in our knitting and crochet.
#1-I have been interested in using texture in my knitting and crochet for many years.
I dont like to follow a pattern and I do like to do original work by using color (previous workshop) and texture in my projects.
There are many ways to achieve texture in knitting -
#1 by using different stitches eg. Stocking stitch and seed stitch or garter stitch in the project working them side by side or row by row , or a variety of rows using different stitches.
#2 by varying how you use the stitches --
#3 by using the duplicate stitch on a stocking stitch background to draw a picture.
#4 by using different colors and stitches to give a piece texture
#5 embroidering flowers, or designs on a plain stocking stitch piece.
I love to create an unusual texture in a project by using cables, variety of stitches. (see the Gansey Fishermens sweater workshop for examples) .
You dont have to use color to have an original project although I usually do use both together in my work.
I rarely use charts or patterns as I like to start and decide as I go along and as a result I am never sure what I will end up with. I do one step at a time and dont even think about what I will do next.
I know that sounds scary however you can have a lot of fun using different textures for a plain sweater pattern
I never decide what the bottom of a top down sweater is going to look like I finish the yoke and then as I get ready to do the bottom portion I think about the texture and color or one of the two which I think would be interesting. It is so much more fun for me rather than be tied to following a definite pattern.
I do however have a basic top down cardigan pattern that I have adjusted to fit me and I use it for most of my cardigans although you would never know it by looking at them.
I realize that those who have not done this will have to really open another door for themselves. That is what I hope to do here. DONT BE AFRAID!
This was my first attempt at cables and this type of poncho- I wear it often in the winter
moss stitch top, *kb-p*with knit stitches for strip - cables and a variety of colors
short row dish cloth from link
Here is a very handy list of different knitted stitches which I use all the time. I hope you enjoy checking out the different stitches and will use some in your work.
Here is my favorite link -- It is the alphabecial stitch guide and I like it that you can see different types of stitches under different sections.
I would recommend these two links to every knitter. You should bookmark them and also write the links down in your notebook that you started with the Color conversation. I use the back page for special links and I high light both of these.
you will see a wonderful variety of stitches which can be a permanent part of your knitting life from now on. I use it all the time.
Here are some of the projects I have knitted and crochet over the years which incorporate texture and in many cases colors. It gives an article zip - it makes it unique and it is made for the person who is receiving it. I LOVE working with color and texture. Rarely do I ever do any plain knitting. I don't suggest that this idea is expected of everyone who discusses texture with me -- but I hope that your ideas are paid attention to, and that looking at what I have done with texture will give you incentive.
Remember, every time you knit something with a variety of stitches you are using texture - I am hoping that you will branch out a 'design' with texture, but using some of the ideas i am going to discuss here. .
Here she is again - I loved this on her-- she is now l0.
The yoke and neck of a current work in progress showing texture which is used a lot in this cardigan
Thank you for a wonderful introduction to texture, Shirley. I am in awe of your ability to "go with the flow" and not have a set pattern. I can imagine the freedom you must feel while doing that. :)
Working on my gansey in Julie's workshop has given me so much to think about in the way of texture. I never thought about designing anything before this, but having to modify an existing pattern and being at least somewhat successful, has helped me think about possibilities and what else I could do. In the future I can see myself adding different stitches and changing a pattern to better suit my needs. I am loving the look of more textured garments and I'm looking forward to this discussion. Thanks for offering this Shirley. At least for me it's quite timely.
The Gansey is such a perfect example of what texture can do to a pattern. It couldn't be better to show how wonderful different stitches and patterns make a project one of a kind and so beautiful. I don't think there is anyone who can teach the Gansey any better than Julie. She has spent months preparing and I am so glad to see that many many people are
referring to her class - it is one of a kind and I am honoured to have it in our workshop archives permanently.
You just never cease to amaze me, Shirley. This will be another great conversation.
I hope it will. The color conversation went so well and we all learned a lot -- this one should work well with what we discussed in workshop #58.
Thanks for the info. I love texture in knitting.
Great beginning Shirley. I love the ability to design as I knit. I did this a lot with crochet work for years. For some reason that medium felt very 'plastic' to me and it was so easy to create/change shapes as I went. Did a lot of color and texture with it. If I can find some pieces or old photos will post. Knitting was a bigger challenge for me but began to knit free style a few years back. It really is fun as you have so much freedom to experiment. The worst is that you hate it and frog. And have done my share of that, too. Hahaha.
Ronie on previous discussion mentioned thrumbing technique for adding texture. Like beading, but using yarn, it adds 3-D texture and color. In this vein, I am remembering Cat Bordhi doing a demo on these little corkscrews that can be added as you knit. I tried them once and they are fun little things to do.
I'll be following this topic... Love having my mind stretched!
Good morning! I am going to include crochet in this conversation, a bit more than I did in the Color workshop - as it is well known by all of you that it is a completely different art - and wonderful things can be made with it.
Two years ago I decided to make afghans for each of my family members and of the l0 afghans I knit only one was knit.
I have a set of denise interchangeables and a 50" cable. As as result I decided to do them lengthwise and not to do individual strips but to do them all in one piece. What fun I had. I did them in worsted and really 'went for it. I didn't do two the same and I never knew what I was going to do when I started. I thought of the individuals and tried to make a one of a kind afghan for each of them.
I have a set of denise interchangeables and a 50" cable. As as result I decided to do them lengthwise and not to do individual strips but to do them all in one piece.
I'm with you on that, Shirley. I really dislike joining strips so I make the items in one piece. It can get tricky keeping the patterns straight until you get the rhythm but totally worth it! It cuts down the work so much and there is NO WEAVING ENDS TOGETHER! I enjoyed every moment of making these- I never knew what I was going to do and it was amazing how a pattern evolved in every one!
Great beginning Shirley. I love the ability to de... (
I remember those corkskrews!! she put them on a hat and called them tendrils :) That would work for some fun and exciting knitting..
Hi all I'm happy to be here! and learn more.. I'll have to check in after work today to see what all is going on... lots of information today :) I love it!!!
#2 Think of a color and texture theme eg. A forest in autumn. Colors gold, shades of brown , red shades of orange darker red, shades of yellow, some green.
Then the texture put in the sky you can make an autumn sky pretty well any shade of blue or gre y or combination of both you wish , then distant hills in autum colors, or dark and different shades of green, and then work toward brighter colors and foreground, put in tall bare tree trunks in two shades of dark and medium brown and embroider them or duplicate stitch them right up into the sky-
Be careful with your clouds! dont have them high and fluffly have them horizontal and not too large. You can use a different stitch eg. Seed stitch in a grey but you want the whole sky to look BIG -
For the distance have your hills nearly flat (stocking stitch) with a few garter stitches included or 5 x 5 ss and garter stitches unevenly spaced across the hills. Dont have them even use different small sets of stitchs no detail.
Then if you want to have a river or a lake use darker along the edge have it curving and lighter on the closer shore. Narrow at one end and a bit wider down towards the other side. Very narrow as it will be off in the distance.
Then small bushes in different shades in in tarsia or stitch differences etc. as you dome down the piece the shrubs are larger, there are branches and trunks (very thin) and at the bottom browns, beige with touches of green. Then you can embroider a leaf or two. This is just a general idea.
With knitting projects you can have so much fun! You can do sections , or do the texture addied to the color and in different rows
Some ideas for obtaining texture in a pattern that doesnt call for it.
I use a basic pattern and if you find a sweater that you are happy with I would suggest that you try using it and changing the texture, or changing the color or
changing both the color and the texture.
It is amazing what you can make using simple changes. Dont go overboard!
I would recommend that you decide on what type of texture you wish for a project. I am attaching different projects showing different textures- just to give you an idea
I have 3 or 4 different strips using specific textures, that I often use and vary in the way I use them.
I also mix crochet and knitting together especially around the borders.
For a shawl or poncho, or cowl, scarf just about anything you can have a lot of fun doing different textures. It makes a basic pattern into one of a kind project. I dont think I have ever done two projects exactly the same although I have used one pattern for quite a few of the projects.
You learned in the Color Conversation to reach to try something new to think differently. So if you joined our conversation, you have already opened your mind to new ideas. This is just another way to do something original. IT DOES TAKE PRACTICE! .
There are different individual stitches eg. y/o (yarn overs) cables, knitting in the back of a stitch purling and knitting in different stitch order, or in a different row order.
You can also use, as mentioned above, the duplicate stitch or embroidery stitches to add interest to a project. These would not work as well in lace, but work very well in clothing and afghans, scarves, etc.
I strongly urge that at the beginning you plan what you will do in the way of texture and color. Once you understand the texturedifferences , you can then just go for it.
IMPORTANT: Dont jump off the wharf until you know how to swim. You will have more success if you try different things, enter the results in your notebook and number them and give them a heading.
I would have pages for stitch varieties and how they look, row varieties and how they look, A combination and how it looks. You can take pictures which makes it even better, but if you mark the ones you really like and as you use them mention where you have used them it avoids trying to remember where you used a pattern and what it entailed.
I have made a lot of ponchos, shawls and capes for friends over the years, both in crochet (which is a great method for obtaining different textures), and knitting which gives a different look. I have often used crochet borders for different knitted projects.
The idea is to have fun with textures. ===========
I also use different WEIGHTS of yarn, and different TYPES of yarn, to obtain and change textures in my work.
There are adjustments which have to be made and if you do make them it makes a huge difference as your rows can be adjusted so that the length is the same, even using a much lighter yarn. It would mean adding stitch to lighter weight and reducing them back for a heavier yarn. It takes a bit of practice though but it is doable.
If you are using a different texture for just one or two rows you can add the increase near the beginning and ends - but if you are going for quite a difference, I have found that if I use a purl row in the row prior to the change- you can increase or decrease stitches without them showing that much.
I will be posting some texture patterns that I used in my crochet and knitting and I will also show close up pictures of some of the work I have done over the years using both types of work and developing a look in the way of texture.
You can go all out and use different yarns, rows, stitches, patterns like my stashbuster cardigan or you can be more subdued and use just one or possibly two texture changes or one area of a sweater one texture and a different texture for others.
I hope you have fun with this.
Another thing I have done quite often is do the yoke in a texture and the bottom plain. I am smaller on the top so I often add a texture on the top to give that part of
the sweater more body- if you are busty, you might want to reduce the texture and just knit it with a fairly plain flat pattern, and go for the heavier texture in the bottom portion of your sweater.
I also use strips going in different directions. I stripe across the top part of my sweater which is where I am small (horizontally) and strip vertically on the bottom with less texture and sometimes a block of color.
I have done it differently and the blue cardigan I am working on is an example of working this way.
Just use texture as a way to change a pattern into one of a kind. Dont be afraid to go for it. Dont be afraid to try different things. I have made some sweaters I wasnt sure I was happy with because it was so different than the normal sweaters but it is amazing how often people have remarked on what a wonderful result Strangers have stopped me in the mall and amazingly usually it is the sweater that I wondered most about, when they noticed and have acknowledged my work.
Remember opinions differ some like subdued, others like more interest
Try to use both in your work because it gives you so much room to make one of a kind designs and projects.
I would recommend you read the Conversation about color workshop #58which by the way is still open..
I will be back in an hour or two. I would love it if you let me know if you are watching or planning to drop into the conversation. You are welcome to post about the subject and put in your pictures. Shirley
I'll be watching this workshop, Shirley, just like the color converation even if I don't post.
JunekYou are always welcome -you always make me feel good when I know you are there June - join in if you have any thoughts - we would love to hear from you.