Phoenix by Jill Wolcott Knits
Notably absent is a photo of the finished design. Please return here on Monday, February 9 for that. I got a little behind and things just snowballed. Phoenix is a cosy. Think tea cosy, worn like a tea cosy over your shoulders and upper arms. I began this design with a very clear idea about everything, and ended up taking a lot of turns and twists. It was hardly the phoenix rising. Although very clear what I wanted to create, I think I threw too many concepts into this for the amount of time I had to give to it. In the end, it all came out, but I did feel the burning embers under my feet before rising!
The concept made me think of all the things we need to repair: climate, social justice, social equality, over-consumption, everything! So I ended up with color, pieces, and uneven edges. I thought knitting it myself would be a good idea. It was not! I hate working with multiple colors, so although I quickly memorized the pattern and loved knitting it, I hated untangling my yarn. I am myself and it never changes!
So join this journey with me. Nine colors; 4 different yarns; lots of pieces and piecing. Of course I’ve worked everything out now, so you will likely have a much better experience. I thoroughly endorse narrowing the number of colors. I did enjoy using different yarns though. Read my interview here.
Phoenix by Jill Wolcott Knits
Look at my website for more, or at this interview of myself.
Skills: slip stitches, picking up stitches, flexible long-tail cast on, flat 3-needle bind off, decreases, German short rows (I teach you how to do everything!)
Sizes: XS (S) (M) (L) (XL)
Sample shows in size M / model bust circumference 37”. Fit should allow arm movement.ies
Dottie from Anzula Luxury Fibers, 80% Superwash Merino, 17% cashmere, 3% polyester, 114g, 420 yds (384 m). WPI X
1 (1) (1) (2) (2) skein Charcoal C1
1 skein Hippo C3
1 skein Cedar C5
1 skein Avocado C7
1 skein Aurora C8
Cricket from Anzula Luxury Fibers, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 114g, 250 yds (228 m). WPI Z
1 (1) (1) (2) (2) skein Red Shoe C2
1 (1) (1) (2) (2) skein Candied Apple C6
Ava from Anzula Luxury Fibers, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 114g, 330 yards (302 m). WPI X
1 (1) (1) (1) (2) skein Rye C4
Zome Gima from Ito, 100% cotton, 25g / 137 yds (125 m). WPI X
1 skein Red Black C9 (used for bind offs)
US size 1[2.25mm] needles and US size 4[3.5mm] OR size to obtain gauge
unblocked gauge For stitch patterns to use in swatching, see Stitch Patterns on page 10.
|Unblocked Pattern||Needle||sts to 1″ / 2.54 cm||rows to 1″ / 2.54 cm||sts to 4″ / 10 cm||rows to 4″ / 10 cm|
Wave & Box
|US size 1[2.25mm]||8.5||18||34||72|
|Wave & Box||US size 4[3.5mm]||6.75||12||23|
|Pattern||Needle||sts to 1″ / 2.54 cm||rows to 1″ / 2.54 cm||sts to 4″ / 10 cm||rows to 4″ / 10 cm|
|Wave & Box||US size 1[2.25mm]||8||16||32||64|
|Wave & Box||US size 4[3.5mm]||6||8.5||24||34|
Supplies: Stitch markers, removable markers, tapestry needle, stitch holders or or waste yarn