|Vertical central panel on an Aran jersey.|
CONSTRUCTION LINES IN KNITTING
In knitting as in life, following a line, repeating a line, coming to and from an edge, brings a sense of order to your work.
In Aran work and Ganseys this is especially so.
|Vertical and horizontal lines and symmetry are a feature of Aran and Gansey jerseys.|
A fitted shoulder has its own set-up and constraints, but makes for a tidy finish. Vertical and horizontal lines however, do not lend themselves so easily to embellishment and garment strength in the oval shape of a shaped sleeve around the top of the arm and near the neck.
In a drop-shouldered Aran or Gansey there is scope for big textured lines running up and down providing reinforcement at joins and points of wear....such as at the shoulder point (strap lines or a firm shoulder seam provides strength for the weight of the garment) and sleeve cuff (texture is generally not worked along the inside wrist). In true Ganseys, texture was not worked below the waist of a garment as it would face being chafed and dirtied from ship work.
Basically an Aran is a more heavily textured version of a Gansey. One actually inspired the other, and I would direct you to Alice Starmore's work on Aran Jerseys.
Another basic, is that Ganseys and Arans especially, are two narrow tubes attached to one big tube. Structurally very simple, but not flattering for all of us.
|Vertical lines of garter stitch on this stole give support to the open work as well as containing a spreading angled design.|
|Vertical lines containing pattern motifs yet also providing fabric structure.|
|Shawl with diagonal lines has linear structure as well as reinforcement from join lines.|
We know that triangles are nature's strongest natural shape. The corner to corner lines firm up the lace work and prevent the centre from "bagging" or stretching. It also makes chart-writing easier as the triangle shapes can be managed within a graph and repeated by the knitter.
Wherever you are, get your needles back onto projects you want to do. Be observant and acknowledge what works and what doesn't.
...and take a dog for a walk.
|Where we walk the dog.|