Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bargello Knits by Patty Nance

Another way to get the best out of hand dyed and multicolour yarns!

What is bargello knitting? The name comes from the needlepoint and quilting world.  Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have a "flame stitch" pattern. A bargello quilt is one that is made of strips of fabric sewn together to create movement. Do a google image search and you will find lots of examples.

There are 28 designs in the book, they use yarns with either short colour repeats or yarns with long repeats. The patterns utilize 17 different yarn brands. The project index divides them into levels of difficulty.

The photo above is an example of how the colours change using this technique. The border is created with a matching solid yarn.

Patty gives good explanations of how colour works on skeins and how each type works in your knitting. There's lots of technical advice for working with multiple strands of yarn.

You can buy the book here.

Full Disclosure: I'm part of the Cooperative Press reader referral program. I think they publish great knitting content!

You can see all of the designs here on Ravelry.

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