designsfor 24 & 40 st. machines. Short Floats. This collection gathers together
a very varied selection of designs although they all echo the distinctive
simplicity and clean lines of Japanese and eastern style and all are based
on two knitting colours only.
The book contains 49 punchcard diagrams, based on 26 design ideas and
producing over 60 different fabrics if you count the totally different
ones that are sometimes obtained just by swopping dark and light yarns
around! The designs can be used both for garments and interior furnishings,
and many are also very successful knitted as textured designs on the garter
There are a number of bold distinctive designs featuring circles, fan
shapes and lozenges, a group of "optical" designs - where shapes
and lines seem to emerge from nowhere and change depending on the way
you look at the design. There is also a group of purely abstract contemporary
designs where irregular shapes emerge subtly from a textured looking background.
These are particularly useful for those seeking almost floatless knitting
- some have a maximum float length of 3 stitches. In addition to these
there are a number of stencil designs based on the japanese stencil tradition
- a couple of designs which "patchwork" different fabrics together
in interesting crazy paving effects, and finally for those who yearn for
something leaning towards the traditional - some more intricate designs
mirroring Japanese stencils, fern and floral shapes.