Just a little note about the Dropped Stitch Cardigan, it was certainly not intended to harm anyone; knitters, non-knitters or innocent bystanders! I love interesting design, things that are unique, novel, thought provoking, clever, smart. I think it's just the way my brain works. It gets bored easily, and the twists in the expected and hum drum make me smile. It all began when I won a scholarship to go to Interweave Knitting Lab in Manchester, New Hampshire. I needed something to wear. Perhaps like a lot of knitters, I've got more yarn than I have stylish garments, and I desperately wanted to wear something unique and striking, something interesting to Manchester.
I hit on the idea of a cascade of unraveled stitches, maybe inspired by a trip to the Unravel exhibition of knitwear at the Mode Museum in Antwerp. I usually lay in bed and think about stitch construction or design puzzles before I can drift off to sleep. One night, as I was thinking about unraveling stitches and cascades and columns of dropped stitches, it all came together; a masterpiece of deconstructed knitwear, an homage to knitting mistakes, my opus of dropped stitches. A waterfall of unraveled strands down the back, dropped stitch loops used to link the raglan seams together, a ladder effect of dropped and twisted stitch columns to create a non-curling front edge, collar and cuff. It was exactly what I would create to wear to the Knitting Lab. It was unique, quirky, pretty; a perfect conversation piece for a knitting designer to wear to a knitting conference, and a little bit tongue in cheek. I make my living with sticks and string. I absolutely LOVE what I do, but I can't take myself too seriously.
So for those of you that love it, cool. I love it, too. For those of you that really hate it, at least I have you talking and thinking about knitting. Score!