Breaking the fourth wall

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I’m still thinking about patterns. There is a lot to consider and sometimes it’s even a bit of a catch 22. You want your pattern to be clear and detailed but you also don’t want it too long. One of the longest patterns I’ve ever followed was more than 85 pages. That’s not manageable at all. At the same time I understand that designers want to put both written directions and charts in their patterns because people might like either or both.

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The pattern for the pink shawl did not have any charts. It just wasn’t possible. (By the way, I strongly advice against storing shawls the way I arranged it on the picture above.) There was just too much going on and not really any pattern repeats so a chart wouldn’t have been helpful at all.

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I think this is one of the most complicated patterns I’ve ever knit (Princess shawl not included of course). Not that the different elements were particularly difficult on their own (except the bind off, I know I messed things up somewhere) but I had to constantly keep attention to the pattern. This of course kept it all interesting all the time, which was very nice, but it also required focus.

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I like how different the shawl is, in fact, I pretty much love all of it, both the yarn, the color and the pattern itself, and I’m particularly in love with the leaves that, so to speak, come out of the shawl. In theatre and movies they talk about the fourth wall and that you shouldn’t break it and make contact with the audience but if you have an artistic approach and you do anyway, under the right circumstances, it can create a really cool effect. That’s how I look upon these leaves, they are breaking the fourth wall of knitting (or maybe third wall, since this is a triangular shawl). It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in knitting and one of the reasons I really wanted to make this shawl.

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There are other cool effects as well and I really do wonder what inspired the designer. How do you come up with something like this? And, how come you can still keep the balance between cool and unsual without getting weird and messy into it? As someone who would like to try my wings and design more, I’m really impressed with this and I’m just happy someone designed this so that I could knit it.

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It even made bobbles look cool and I usually think bobbles look like nipples or a cow’s udder. But not these, no, these just looks cool. This is truly a very, very mighty design.

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Pattern: Knitangle by Andrea Halasi. Yarn: Super Sport from Stunning String Studio, color Cherry Blossom.