Here’s my latest knitted garment for body adornment using Binary Stitch #4. For this knitted item, I looked to the works of Piet Mondrian and the aesthetics of Minimalism for inspiration.
The definition of Minimalist art of the 1960s described as seriality, succession, progression, repetition permutation also applies to my concept, knitting with Binary Stitches. Encoding letters as binary numbers creates an original design using knit and purl stitches. Knitting the assigned knit and purl stitches builds a basic block, and through repetition, forms a sculptural grid-like appearance.
Even though each knitted rectangular plane is separated by a black line, the plane itself is not contained on all four sides by a black line.. Each plane is knitted without an exact pattern repeat producing an asymmetrical balance.
Poncho Mondrianesque is a one-piece rectangle.
Yarn: (5 colors) Plymouth Yarn Arequipa Worsted 218 yds 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Mulberry Silk. I’ve also incorporated various yarn from my stash.
Size 6 US circular needle
Stitch Pattern: (8-stitch pattern repeat)
Row 1: P2,K1,P2,K1,P2
Row 2: (All even rows) Knit as stitches present themselves
Row 3: K2 P4, K2
Row 5: P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1
Row 7: K3, P2, K3
Row 9: P3, K2, P3
Row 10: Repeat Row 2
These ten rows create the stitch pattern.
24 sts = 4.25″ = 5.64 sts = 1″
5.64 sts x 18″ wide = 101.5 sts
- In keeping with the stitch pattern, CO 96 sts + 2 edge stitches
- For edge stitches: (RS) Wyif, slip the first and last stitch purlwise. (WS) Knit tbl of first stitch and knit the last stitch.
- Begin and end with 6 rows of K1, P1 ribbing.
- Separation of rectangular planes knit with color black in reverse stockinette stitch.
CO 98 stitches and knit in pattern for 48-52 inches. For a more form fitting poncho, I knit to 43 inches.
How To Assemble:
Fold one end of rectangle (A) over and seam to one edge (B) on the opposite side of the rectangle.
©2016 Mary Lou Fall