Hybrid Making

Lately, the word "hybrid" has been used frequently. In bikes and in cars, in plants, and in animals. But how about in needlecraft? The thing is, I saw it in the 70s and the sophistication of making back then might have paved the way for the next generation to ignore the skills. I am attempting to give it a go. To blend the woven with the knitting. The crochet with the woven. The knitting with the crochet.

Two portions of a yoke with a blanket stitch on one. One yoke is facing up the other down.

It is my hope that my design taste will bring the blending to a level of refinement that will be desirable. This is a test. If it turns out yuk, it’ll be a good learning experience. And, whoever creates a lovely hybrid design, I will celebrate it!

My samples are usually made in white, or off-white because one can see the true nature of the structure, lines, and errors. For some reason, I’m starting off on a low note and I’m using this fat quarter I picked up. Dark grey with gold bursting and reminds my friend of Christmas. Two points against.

Then I found this golden linen in a lace weight that I’ve doubled up and knitted away. The fabric itself is beautiful and once it is long enough it will be hefty yet light with a fabulous drape that will make me want to wear it every day which means I’ll need to add pockets. Wooo! One point for the fabric and if I knit it long enough and add pockets then I’ll have to give myself at least three additional points just for being cheeky.

The hybrid challenge in progress, knitting is shows and some pieces are held with silicone cords.

For each section, I experimented with a different cast-on, increase rate, and hence volume. I’ll work down from the yoke to the armhole and then join all the bits together. Do, I decrease the volume through the body and build a casing at the hem? Or, knowing the linen will collapse and drape, do I continue with the width and finish with a deep-faced hem to weigh the fabric? But, if I go the casing route, how about a kangaroo pocket? The linen would be able to handle it and hello, that would be fun!

This is how my design process works. I begin with a few set parameters. For this project, I gave myself good-quality fabrics and the challenge to blend skills. 

How do you think this project will work out? Are your machine and hand sewing and knitting skills up to the challenge?

If and when I publish the pattern, I'll show you the way. I don't want to give you clumsy instructions; I write my patterns with you in mind. And, I want you to want to have a successful experience making one of my creations and to want to continue honing your skills.

That is what I want for you.


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