Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pentagon Proliferation

One of my favorite knitwear designers, Norah Gaughan, has cover sweaters in four current magazines: Vogue Knitting Winter 2006/07 (pictured with pentagon 1), Interweave Knits Winter 2006, Knitter's Winter 2006, and Knitscene Spring 2007 (not pictured). Congratulations, Norah!

Three of four covers, plus pentagon

Although I think the Nantucket Jacket in IK is the most wearable of the four designs, I couldn't resist the modular cabled bolero in VK. The onset of frigid temperatures may have something to do with the enhanced appeal of bold texture or perhaps it's my inner diva nature speaking. In any case, I can't stop knitting pentagons! (My digicam's color balance is off – that's the same towel photography background in each photo.)

Pentagon 1   Pentagons 1 and 2   Pentagons 1, 2, and 3

The pattern is well-written, with clear diagrams, a tutorial for knitters new to modular knitting, and suggestions for modifications. I loathe seaming, so I'm knitting the medallions in the round (omitting the two selvedge stitches) using Patons Classic Wool in colorway 201 Winter White. In the monochrome, highly textured fabric, the jog where the rounds begin and end is barely noticeable.

Perhaps the only shortcomings of the pattern are its fabulousness quotient, its tendency to emphasize the boobal area, and its unfortunate portmanteau name, capecho. The first two are not so much an issue for me – [shrug] it's not for everyone. The last seems odd, considering generally capes and ponchos lack sleeves and have A-lines, and this cropped sweater has sleeves and skims the ribcage. Or perhaps I have the wrong suitcases... surely Ms. Gaughan wasn't thinking of capecho and hexecho computer code???

Pentagons do not tile perfectly in two dimensions, so in three dimensions the finished garment will have considerable shaping, an elegant rarity among modular garments. I'm eager to see how it will drape – more pentagons to come.


dragon knitter said...

i have the first two, but not the VK. i think i need it. i wonder if that could be adapted for a full length sweater? cropped sweaters tend to emphasize my boobal area, and emphasis is not what it needs.

Holly of HollYarns said...

I love that shrug--but I too do not need to emphasize my boobal area. BUT, the sweater is sooooooooooo gorgeous I may just take a chance on it!

norah said...

Hey, I didn't name it - blame my dear freind Adina - and thanks for all of the kind words!

Melanie said...

I'll have to watch how this turns out. It would be interesting to see how it actually hangs - I can't tell with the model's arms crossed like that. I'm going to go take another look at this pattern!

Deborah said...

you are such the clever word smith! I also love the the cover of Vogue but knitting pentagons or even saying pentagons gives me the ebbee jeebies these days!

adriana said...

I live in Buenos aires, Argentina, and I cannot get thr VK magazines. Could you send me the instructions of the pentagon shrug?
My mail: adfuks@yahoo.com