Once you can accept the universe as being
something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something,
wearing stripes with plaid is easy.

[Albert Einstein]

When I think of plaid, I think of Argyle. Having its origins in Scotland helps generate that thought. This cap is the first of four projects I’m using in an upcoming workshop. It is not knit using the traditional method for knitting Argyle—intarsia. Instead, I knit this using a method I adapted from the book, Armenian Knitting by Meg Swansen and Joyce Williams.

The yarn is Shetland jumper weight. The stitch pattern is a simple argyle. The technique is stranded knitting (Fair Isle style). The difference—I wrapped the unused yarn every other stitch. This gives the right side of the fabric a heather look. First I worked the cap with the diamonds, then I used duplicate stitch embroidery to add the gold stripes.

Now I’m working on a small bag that uses intarsia for the Argyle pattern. Stay tuned—I’ll post it as soon as I finish it.

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