Just last week the Fall 2011 issue of Petite Purls went live. Although I normally look forward to every new issue of this magazine since I have two kids to knit for I was anticipating this issue even more than usual. The reason is that my pattern 'Emmett' appears in this issue. This pattern marks two firsts for me in the realm of knitting design. It is my first garment design and it is my first non self published pattern. Seeing the issue go live was very exciting!
In knitting Emmett, I decided to test out a new intarsia technique that I had read about to see whether or not it was less labor intensive then what I had been doing before which was winding long lengths of yarns into yarn butterflies or on bobbins which hung on the wrong side of the knitting. The new method involved using short lengths of yarn, around 60" at a time and instead of winding the yarn it hung completely free on the wrong side of my knitting as I worked. I was a bit skeptical of this method at first since it would most certainly result in more ends to weave in. However, this method resulted in zero tangles. Since the yarn lengths were so short they just didn't get tangles and any time it looked like a tangle was developing all I had to do was run my fingers through the strands to separate them. It was quite easy to do. Anyone, who is considering knitting Emmett should try out this technique. It makes intarsia much easier and although there were more ends to weave in I don't think that there were too many more.
Also, I would like to thank Emma Williams who photographed the Emmett vest for my Petite Purls submission. She did an excellent job capturing the piece and my son Xavier who is modelling the vest. Please check out her website at www.emmawilliamsphoto.com if you are looking for a photographer.