Patchwork knitting is a technique of knitting squares or strips and then knitting these together to create a garment. It is a great way to use up odds and ends of handspun yarn, even the thrums from weaving projects. This child’s sweater was created from the warp ends that normally end up as loom waste (the gray), and short lengths of colored yarn spun from a bag of small amounts of ten different colors of wool roving sold as a needle-felting kit. The technique is described in Horst Schultz’s book entitled New Patchwork Knitting Fashion for Children. Although she would not like to admit to it, Joanna and I each embody a very similar kind of obsessiveness. Once we embark upon a project, especially ones which turn out to be nontrivial, we find it difficult to focus on much else. My obsessive behavior is most readily exposed by things like mechanical fixes on farm equipment while Joanna’s are borne from knitting, spinning, and weaving projects which teach a new technique. Both of us are driven to distraction by such things. Joanna’s recent obsession has been this Patchwork sweater. She began spinning about a month ago and the actual knitting began shortly thereafter. My evenings were spent watching her knit, listening to her mutter, watching her unknit and then listening to her mutter some more. I know very little about such things but do not be fooled, this sweater was not constructed from a number of crocheted granny-squares. The squares which comprise this garment were knit, one on to the next, into panels which were joined to each other by strips of moss stitch. Joanna says that this technique offers lots of scope for creativity and spontaneity. She frequently decided which color to pick up next when she got there. Little-by-little the garment took shape; first the front panels, then the sides, then the back panels, and then the sleeves and the finish work. She is relieved to be done (and thereby released from the obsession) and delighted with the result. Although I am no expert (I have difficulty tying my own boots) I think it’s quite something.



21 thoughts on “Wow

  1. This is incredible (I second a request for adult sizes) but my favorite part of this post may be the tags choices of “obsessive” and “obsession”!

  2. OMG! I hadn’t seen this until today … Joanna, this turned out beautifully. What a charming sweater. Are you going to try an adult size?

    • I’ll show this to Joanna. She’ll be glad to know you approve. Adult size … I doubt it! Although she did talk about making another baby gift using the technique. I hope you do try and watch the competition on Wednesday … keep an eye out for the obnoxious guy with the camera. Wish us luck. D

  3. It is so beautiful! Joanna’s work is always stunning. I am really looking forward to breaking out my most favorite sweater soon, for the cold days coming at the market. Also, your respective obsessive natures are part of what make you both so special!

  4. Wow, I have clearly failed in my attentions as a blog follower if Joanna’s creations aren’t getting enough attention. The blue yoked lace creation inspired days of dreaming up my newest sweater! And this is going to be one very lucky baby, who will coincidentally be useful for flushing out knitters on public transportation when they fall over themselves to see this construction technique πŸ™‚

  5. That is so great. I am knitting and unknitting a fingerless glove these days. My daughter is trying to teach me (remotely) and I got to see her yesterday to show off my progress, which was two rows. Anyway, I so appreciate the craftsmanship, patience, and skill. Just gorgeous. Is there a little baby to wear this? Jealous on all fronts, here!

  6. WOW is right! I know how much thought, time and patience (not to mention skill) went into this sweater! You’re right. This is no granny square pattern. You can see all the interesting shapes she has going on! Perhaps she could start another online business! But knowing how much work went into it, it’s a labor of love and hopefully earmarked for someone special.

    • When we have posted pictures of Joanna’s work before they never seem to have attracted much attention. This one has several likes and a few comments already. She is pleased and thanks you for your observations. When are you going to start your own blog … Karen’s DIY Home Improvements.

      • Joanna is blushing across the table from me. We have posted images of her work before without much luck – this one seems to be stirring up a bit of interest. She is pleased. Thanks for your learned observations. D

      • Don’t laugh. This weekend I updated Bruce’s closet by removing some make-shift shelves (within some fixed shelves) that were there when we bought the house. Did some painting, lined them and bought a few stacking boxes for the 3 pairs of shoes he owns! A storage face-llift of sorts! There’s always another project around the house.

    • Hey Maurice … thanks. You made Joanna’s evening. We have posted the results of her efforts several times before and they have never gone over very well – at least in terms of likes and comments. Your quick response, made using just those terms, was gratifying. Thanks. D

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