Monday, February 17, 2014

The Story of Thistle Field and Design Simplicity

“Sometimes what makes a design brilliant is its simplicity. 
But in order to achieve this, it may have taken the designer 
quite a lot of work and thinking and trials.” 
(helenemagnusson on Ravelry)


The second design of my Lover's Knot collection, Thistle Field, has been released.

This design taught me a couple of things. First of all, it reminded me how important it was to keep track of my design trials. I made two full-sized samples of this shawl: one in summer (and frogged it) and then another one in autumn, simply because I forgot I had already made the first one. :)

The first shawl sample had a crescent shape and copied the stitch pattern of Lavender Path shawl, although this time the stitch pattern stripes were arranged horizontally:


I was very happy with it ... until I blocked it and saw the finished result. I only failed to consider one thing: the laws of physics! :) The airy lace of Solomon Knots was not able to hold its shape because of the weight of horizontally placed pattern repeats. Each new horizontal stripe added more weight and distorted the look of the upper stripe. "Ha-ha", I thought at the time and, since things like this happen, I frogged the shawl and completely forgot about it until the following autumn.