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As complete visual worlds with powerful symbolic meanings
across all cultures, the circle is infinitely soothing, enveloping and mystical.
For knitwear designer Jane Thornley, a square will never do what a circle can so
she has craved escape from linearity to create circular designs that feel
organic and free-spirited. Thornley's eBook: Inner Circles
celebrates this continuous, round shape with three beautiful and unique
These designs are not meant to be duplicated exactly. The
concept is for you to make and compose your own unique encircled explorations.
The 3 designs featured are -- a cowl/scarf,
shawlette and a wrap, each requiring scraps of
yarns. The cowl requires approximately 150 yards, the shawlette 350 and the wrap
The designs may look intricate but are deceptively easy
to make. All the Inner Circles designs are constructed by
creating half circles made in a variety of stitches and fibers mostly worked on
size 5.5 mm/8 US straight needles. The full circles in central motifs are larger
half circles steam pressed in such a way that the two edges fan out to meet in
the center. Alternatively, two equal half circles could be sewn together to make
a whole. All pieces are sewn together component-style.