Seeing Shadows

Tomorrow is February 2nd, and you know what that means…

It’s almost Groundhog Day! Tomorrow, good old Punxsutawney Phil (our favorite meteorologically gifted rodent) will peek out of his den and cast about for a glimpse of his shadow. If he sees it, he’ll retreat back into his hole, signalling that winter weather will remain with us for another six weeks. We’re hoping, however, that his shadow will be invisible and he’ll venture out to welcome spring!

In honor of Groundhog Day, we thought we’d share with you one of my personal favorite techniques: Shadow Knitting! It’s truly like magic: you use two colors and a combination of knits and purls to create raised areas and flat areas on the surface of your knitting. If viewed straight on, all you see is stripes in two colors. But when viewed at an agle, the raised purl bumps are seen while the flat knit stitches disappear and viola! An image emerges.

Since it’s really all knits and purls, shadow knitting is a very easy technique. The trick is reading the charts. There are four simple rules to reading a shadow knit chart.

1. Change colors every other row.

2. All RIGHT SIDE rows are KNIT across- they are not shown on the chart.

3. All WRONG SIDE rows are shown on the chart- read them from left to right.

4. If a stitch on the chart is COLORED, you KNIT it. If a stitch on the chart if BLANK, you PURL it.

With a little practice, these charts are easy to follow and allow you to create simple or staggeringly complex designs that surprise and dazzle your friends!

If you would like to try this fun technique, feel free to visit us in the shop or give us a call. We’d love to reccommend a book, or even plan a private lesson! The sky’s the limit!

Happy Groudhog Day!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra David
    Feb 01, 2017 @ 20:23:01

    I LOVE Shadow knitting! And the shadow hearts are wonderful.



  2. Gail
    Feb 05, 2017 @ 16:31:33

    Oh my, I think this is something I would really like and now that I am getting better at reading charts this sounds like another fun challenge for me to try. Thanks for more inspiration.



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