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The Christmas Tree Tessellation

December 2011
Repurposed from a charity shop cashmere item
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm

Scarf pattern and Novelty Sweater Motif

I invite you to follow the design process in creating a new item with a completely new stitch.

Firstly, I have searched via Google and Ravelry to check that the idea has not already been created by someone else. As of November 2011 there was no tessellating Christmas Tree stitch.

Some further research indicates that novelty jumpers are going to be in this season - as I live in the wilds this means little to me personally, but it would be fun to create an item which is on trend. But… to do all that work for a top which can only be worn for a month before the holidays? My answer to this dilemma is to cheat. The motif is simply sewn on to an existing sweater, either as a band or as a panel on the front, so it can be removed after the holidays. A knitted jumper in the same yarn, with the same gauge would be perfect, but anything else would make do.

Another interesting theme in recent fashion show knitwear has been the use of back to front knitting - exposing the threads rather than the stitches where more than one colour is used. This has been used by knitwear designers for some time, however now it seems to have spread to the catwalk and now onto the high-street (shopping mall).

I’m inspired by the brilliant mathematician, Vi Hart - who created the amazingly watchable Doodling in Math Class - I’m wondering if I can incorporate Sierpinski’s Triangle into the pattern: http://youtu.be/e4MSN6IImpI

So - my plan is to create a reversible tessellating Christmas Tree design with thread-work, to tap into key trends for this season and give me a challenge with my next design project. It sounds complicated but will be achieved with fairly simple stitches. If you would like to volunteer as a tester of this design I would LOVE to hear from you.