|Blossom Pincushion. The other side is the reverse color scheme, with the background dark and the flower light.|
Mary Jane Mucklestone is a wonderful knitter and designer who has been greatly influenced by Scandinavian knitting, which is two-color stranded knitting. Mary Jane grew up in Seattle, where there's a large Scandinavian community, as well as a vibrant community of knitters. Seattle even hosts a Nordic Knitting Conference, and it's amazing.
Mary Jane's new book, 150 Scandinavian Motifs: The Knitter's Directory, is a collection of favorite motifs that you can incorporate into your knitting. You can also use a single motif to make a little treasure like the darling pincushion shown at right.
The book also provides a nice section on stranded knitting techniques, in which I learned about something that's been mystifying me for years: yarn dominance. This is a subtle but important issue if you're counting on colors looking like you want them to look, and I've never been totally clear on how to manage it.
Here's Mary Jane to demystify the concept for you:
Mary Jane spelled it out for me: the longer float pulls the stitches in, making them recede into the fabric, which makes perfect sense. The photos really drive the point home, too, and show how important it is to keep one yarn consistently above the other yarn.
This is just one of the things you'll learn from 150 Scandinavian Motifs. Get your copy today and start your Scandinavian knitting adventure!