Remember the 80’s? All that bold colour and graphic pattern not to mention the shoulder pads, flicked hair and Duran Duran – or was that just me?! This design is a little salute to Missoni and their trademark colourful chevron knits and here’s one of my hilarious ‘fashion drawings’ that shows where the idea began – note the Nick Rhodes hairdo . My sketches are designed to get the idea ‘down’ rather than be a work of fine art and you can tell from it that I did textiles.
Knitted ( by my very good friend June )in Noro Kureyon sock yarn it’s worked from cuff to cuff in a combination of rounds and rows with columns of vertical lace holes travelling across the back whilst the deflected stitches create a zig zag effect at both cast on and cast off edges. The stripes are knitted by alternating two balls of the same shade of the Noro, each at diifferent points in the colourway, in order to make the stripe effect more obvious and I’ve emphasised these edges with Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply. Once the main body of the shrug is complete and all the ends have been sewn in, use a scrap of contrast yarn to sew a line of running stitch along the sleeve edge in order to mark where to pick up for the cuff
the pointed edges can then be ‘set’ by pinning in place and blasting with a steam iron a few times before allowing them to cool
Once cool the stitches can be picked up for the cuff which is worked in the Rialto 4ply to pick up the contrast of the cast / cast off edge. . .