Quite a few of you have been asking to see close-ups of the Boreal colourwork from the wrong side, so here we are:

While the front of the sweater does not really give an indication of the effect of the colourwork on the thickness of the fabric, I think you can really get a sense of this just from looking at the transition between the plain stockinette and stranded sections from the wrong side. You can also see that I have carried my floats over relatively long distances (trusting from previous experience that they will even up and felt together later) but that there are also a few places where I’ve woven them in. As I said in the previous post, I am generally a fearless float carrier, but there are a few rows on the Boreal chart – particularly after one snowflake ends and before another begins – where carrying the float is unfeasible. You can see the dark weaves breaking up the continuity of the pale floats here in the rows above the snowflake.

Here is the same bit of the sweater from the right side. Though you can see a few dog hairs (the inevitable perils of living with a dark, hairy, boisterous animal) you can’t see the floats.

Hope this satisfies your curiosity!

16 thoughts on “wrong side

  1. I can’t even see the dog hair – perhaps it’s woven itself in! My own sweaters usually display not only dog and cat hair, but strands of my own hair too, sometimes actually knit in.


  2. It looks perfect! Thanks for showing us the “guts” of your sweater. Your thoughts on technicalities of knitting and the elements of construction are very educational and helpful. I’m becoming pretty decent at cables and lace, but haven’t ventured into color work yet. One of your designs is sure to be my first foray in to floats and wrangling more then one color at a time!


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