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In summer it‘s challenging finding
the forest through the trees. The high season stirs with distraction – birds,
insects, creatures in the undergrowth, not to mention the rustle and sweep of
leaves unfurled. A single tree gets lost in the clamor, her fine bones eclipsed
by the finery above. And yet, a winter forest is a magnificent cathedral of
sleeping wood, as hallowed a hall of reflection as any that exists. Deep in this
world of natural quietude, the architectural beauty of branches, bark and stone
offer us a chance to breathe. To think. To create.
Jane Thornley's book, Winter
Forest Evocative Guide No. 4 is an ode to the reflective season and to
forests without leaves. Though two main designs are featured Woven Woods
and Thousand Branches Kimono, the real story lies in what you can do with
knitting these stitches in fresh ways. Use Jane's designs as offered canvases or
find your own by exploring subtle color flows with linen or ombre seed stitches.
A vest, a cowlet and a kimono – perhaps you can unfold them anew.
Woven Woods Cowl & Vest
Woven Woods is a sturdy vestal creation perfect for wearing over a long
sweater, tunic or smock in the chilly seasons and a blouse as the days warm. All
its color interest keeps the eye moving topside while the length below sweeps
clean lines away from bulges and lumps. Add your Bark&Lichen Cowlet to your neck
and your texture rocks (along with the lichen and twigs).
The piece’s real raison d’ętre is to provide scope through which to play with
ombre seed, an enticing and addictive way to pile texture onto color. Once you
slip into the flow of layering hue upon hue, the urge to try this vest in other
color schemes may take hold. Let it.
The Woven Woods vest is
knit in three pieces – back and two fronts — with the linen stitch collar band
and bottom edging picked up and knit afterwards. A shaped front can be fastened
with a single button or worn open. Straight, unstructured armhole openings are
roomy enough for wearing over even heavy sweaters. Make it any length you want,
cropped or long. Extend you bands even wider to change the look or the size.
Thousand Branches Kimono
Typical of authentic kimonos, the design is composed of one large back rectangle
with two shorter ones for the fronts. Here the fronts and back are knit as one.
Once the main piece is completed but before the sides are sewn together,
ornamental extensions consisting of long stitch and garter are picked up and
knit along both right and left long edges. From these extensions, the sleeves
are picked up and knit, too. The final finishing touch is the addition of a long
front band extending around the kimono’s front edge and dangling below the hem
in artful insouciance.
The design is easy to knit in seed, long stitch, and garter but a single
challenging stitch is included for the experienced knitter. Newer knitters or
those who would rather keep things simple can substitute the 4-row Thousand
Branches Stitch for a 4-row band of garter or seed.
This is a design that will take nearly any type of yarn but, naturally, the
heavier the yarn, the bulkier the kimono. Best to stay within the lace-weight
doubled to DK (double knitting) weight, though thicker yarns in small doses can
be used in small doses. Drape matters. The main body of the piece,
extensions, and front band are worked across size 6mm/10 US needles with the
sleeves worked on size 9mm/13 US.