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Friday, May 29, 2009


One of my favourite stitches in the Indian Cross Stitch and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate it into my designs. Here it forms the main stitch pattern for Portside.

It is such a decorative and versatile stitch and it is particularly effective when worked in a handpainted yarn because it mixes up the colours with the crossing of the stitches.
Not to mention the fact that, with the openwork design, the knitting progress quickly.

Portside is constructed with a series of panels: two for the back and two for the front. It is worked with a solid colour for the background and a variegated colour for the Indian Cross Stitch portion. I used Lucy Neatby's Celestial Merino in Deep Purple for the solid colour and Blue Vesuvius for the variegated colour.
Unlike In the Courtyard, which is a cropped vest, this pattern is a distinctly long-line design. Everything about it is long and lean: the side slits, the back vent, even the armholes.
portside_armholes_400   portside_back_vent_400
This is a vest for putting on over a shirt or top, or even a dress, with plenty of room for manoeuvring. It could be cropped, of course, but who wouldn't want to celebrate the Indian Cross Stitch with as much length as possible.

There is nothing to stop you from converting this vest into an over-dress, similar to the Urban Goddess when laced or sewn along the sides.
urban_goddess_akimbo_400  urban_goddess_400
The generous back vent allows for plenty of movement and space along the lower edge.

Vary the colours to your own taste and your Portside will be your unique creation.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 05/29 at 08:51 PM
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