Whorl’d Tree by Alasdair Post-Quinn
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Whorl’d Tree

October 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
Errata available: double-knitting.com

The book in which this pattern is published is now out of print, but I am getting ready to release a revised and expanded edition with updated charts, redesigned patterns, rewritten text and a fresh layout. If you are interested in finding out when that’s available, please join my EDK announcement mailing list!

I’ve been wanting to do something with whorl patterns on it for a while. The challenge of a 3-color whorl in a 4-direction matrix appealed to me. After some swatching, it became clear that any 4-color double-knit fabric would become both thick and inflexible. I could deal with the thickness by going down in yarn and needle sizes, but the flexibility issue was not going to be easy to solve. So I thought about items where the inflexible fabric was an asset, and settled on a bag. I toyed with various designs before deciding on the bottom-up oblong shoulder bag. This gives me a chance to use the gorgeous but inflexible decorative bind-off where people will actually see it, along the outer rim of the bag and the long edge of the flap. The bottom is naturally slightly concave and the bag likes to stand on it.

I see the design as a sort of stylized impression of a forest from inside — the brown of the roots, the green of the canopy, all tied together with the blue of the water that keeps it all alive.