Diegesis by Jeanne Long


February 2017
Light Fingering ?
22 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
430 yards (393 m)
Three: a deep cowl, a medium cowl, and a long cowl
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Diegesis is a term used to describe the layers of reality in a work of narrative fiction. The extradiegetic level describes things that are real for the audience, but not the characters in the story; it includes the narrator’s voice intoning, “Once upon a time,” or the swelling soundtrack. The diegetic level is the level of the characters’ experience, including their actions and the sounds or music they hear. And nested inside this is the metadiegetic level, the layer of experience that isn’t real even for the characters; like the play within the play, or the sound a character imagines or hallucinates.

Our Diegesis is a set of unisex, reversible neckwear designed to highlight (tackle?) that beautiful skein of high-contrast, hand-painted yarn. Its strong lines form diamonds that command attention even in the face of frequent, high-contrast color changes. Alternating bands of stockinette and reverse-stockinette fabric further tame wild colors and create a reversible, non-curling fabric. Diegesis excels with challenging color changes, but it also beautifully exhibits solid and tonal skeins.

Like its namesake, Diegesis has three primary pattern variations on its layered theme. Metadiegetic is a deep, short cowl with layers of exploded diamonds. Diegetic is a shallower, longer version with nested diamonds. And Extradiegetic is a the narrowest and longest, with a simple, shadowed diamond.

Diegesis is made to be personalized. Each of the three primary patterns can be completed with approximately 430 yards of fingering-weight yarn, but they can accommodate a large range of yarn weights and yardage because the pattern repeats are designed to expand both width- and length-wise. Each can be finished as a cowl, Mobius cowl, scarf, or sc/owl (a scarf with buttons on one end that can be connected to make a cowl). And the instructions additionally include suggestions for a wide variety of further alterations, from simple to extreme, so you can craft your own perfect narrative.