Turbulence by Virginia Norman


September 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in Scroll stitch pattern
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1096 - 1644 yards (1002 - 1503 m)
XS-S [M-L, 1X-2X, 3X-4X]
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Living in Florida affords me the luxury of always being near water, thus water tends to be a major source of inspiration. From the serene waters of a still pond to the ocean roaring before an onshore storm, I am continually fascinated and drawn to waterways for peace and recreation. I especially enjoy watching wave interference patterns. The stitch pattern I chose for my cocoon, especially when left unblocked, resembles turbulent waters with wave interference texture. It is my homage to the beauty of turbulence. The color I chose also reminds me of turbulent waters…or maybe beach glass. This versatile cocoon is lovely over a t-shirt when the chill of fall arrives (or for all of Florida winter). I have also worn it when I go into buildings that are kept too cold for my comfort. The loose fit is casual and cozy.

This cocoon is knitted flat as a large rectangle and then seamed to make armholes. Circular needles are used on the body to accommodate the large number of stitches. Armhole and neck edging is picked up and knit last. Selvedge stitches are worked throughout the piece to make sewing and edging easier. There is no shaping and minimal finishing. Using bulky wool allows the piece to work up quickly, have lovely stitch definition, and provide warmth against the chill of fall.