I continue to search for my next project, even as I continue work on the current bawk and on the quilt. I am leaning toward a scarf — the lace triangle kind, beginning at the neck and shaping with cool geometry at the center. I do not know the trick of this, and have not been able to find an explanation of it anywhere. Nor have I been able to find such a pattern in any of the books or magazines in the LYS or the book shops, either. I am still looking.
As I look, though, I am finding some other interesting knitting books, one of which is Teen Knitting Club. I brought it into the store along with Melanie Falick’s excellent Kids Knitting. Even if you aren’t a kid, you might like these books.
Teen Knitting Club is directed at teens, with teen models (some in braces, and all looking their ages, rather than the teen models we see all the time pretending to be 30) and sage advice about setting up a knitting club at school or dorm. But it also has very good knitting instructions. It has patterns for all the trendy stuff — scarves, cell phone cozies, hats, tanks, etc. And the thing I like most about it: it leads toward independent knitting. It points out that a scarf is a rectangle, that a cell phone cozy is a rectangle (a scarf, they remind the reader) folded in half, and a tote bag is a really big cell phone cozy — another rectangle. They explain how to measure gauge and calculate how many stitches to cast on for a hat that fits. They examine the nature of different kinds of yarn and explain why it matters.
In a day when people boldly publish “patterns” consisting of simple math and popular stitches, and pretend that they can hold copyright on the construction of a garter stitch rectangle, it is nice to see a book presenting actual knitting knowledge in a form that will be accessible and appealing to young knitters, teens or not.
On the lace shawl front, I did find this free pattern for a shawl of the kind I am seeking, from blogger Kirsten Kruse, who does beautiful knitting and quilting. It is not exactly what I had in mind, but I may make it, or at least start it, in order to learn the geometry trick. And once it is begun, I may fall in love with it. You know how that is. I am thinking it could be pretty in the Plymouth Stone Cotton we have hanging around the house waiting in vain to become NBaTs. Rather a case of moose lace, perhaps, but I like a nice moose lace in the fall.
I also like this not-free pattern for a Rogue-related hat from the designer of the gorgeous Rogue sweater. Kirsten made it and posted the link, which was nice of her. I have seen and admired the cap elsewhere, but the bloggers did not post the link, so I was left wondering. One of the Yarn Ho!s made Rogue last year, but I am embarrassed to say I cannot recall who it was. This cap uses the Rogue sleeve cables. It is clearly not a lacy triangular scarf, though it does feature cool geometry.
Is some geometry really cooler than others? Can geometry be divided out into cool and not-cool geometry? Can the word even be used in that way? I am not certain.