Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Shadow "Knitter" Scarf

This is one of the reasons I was in Ames, Iowa over the weekend. I taught this scarf project to teach the concept of Shadow/Illusion knitting. The technique seems to originate from a Japanese knitting book, but has become popular in this country due to Vivian Hoxbro's book, Shadow Knitting, and patterns of Maureen Mason-Jamieson. Patterns have also been in Knitters and InKnitters magazines. By alternating stockinette stitch and garter stitch in each color, one of the colors will dominate when looking at it from an angle. Looking straight on, the pattern looks like it is just striped.

The other reason I was in Ames is to attend Arnhild Hillesland's knitting camp. She holds it every February in the Gateway Hotel in Ames. The classes are good, accomodations good, food is good, and the people are great. Check it out at And, of course, Arnhild has her yarn shop open!



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