Curious Collective Shawl: Week 4 Poll

Helen —  June 10, 2013 — 46 Comments

This week is all about colour (or color to many)! This is the most exciting aspect of creating a design or planning a new project for me so I hope you have fun this week too.

I’m planning this to be a two colour shawl. You have two specific choices and an open ended option in the poll this week.

The two options I have been thinking about are narrow stripes – fairly even across the shawl or big blocks of colour (perhaps one colour for body and a different colour on the border).

To illustrate what I mean here are some non-shawl examples here so we’re not too influenced by other shawl designs – although there are many many beautiful shawls that use both these colour choices.

You can see what I mean by narrow even stripes in this super cute cardigan Outback by Amy Miller

When I say colour block I mean big blocks of colour like this pullover Tea with Jam and Bread by Heidi Kirrmaier and Asa Tricosa’s Simple Ziggurat.

I have added an option for “other” as you might want to get a little crazy and suggest intarsia or colour work, or other things I haven’t thought of. So rather than have to have an extra vote on something I hadn’t considered like last week, I thought I would experiment with an open option this week (yikes)!

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ETA: I see the poll results don’t seem to show the “other” suggestions. If people would like to post in the comments what they suggest that would be fun for others to see – otherwise I will do a summary and try to do little updates as we go along too.

As in past weeks the poll will close at Midday, Friday 7 June (GMT).

Please enjoy, vote and leave comments and I can’t wait to see what you decide!

46 responses to Curious Collective Shawl: Week 4 Poll

  1. I voted for OTHER: color work, either mosaic or fair isle

  2. Lisa Marie (theyarngoeson) June 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I’m happy with either narrow stripes or color blocks. I’d also love to try something new so I’d be happy with an “other” option as well.

  3. Penny Reese (Ravatar: catpurloo) June 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I voted for narrow stripes, but the stripe size would depend on the texture. I am game for anything. And there is always Fibonacci.

  4. Although I selected the color block option, I really like solid/single color shawls that show pattern stitches well.

  5. I chose “other.” I would love to see a mosaic shawl.

  6. I chose colour blocks, but Fibonacci or a totally random option would be fun too.

  7. I would like to knit either solid or semi solid or variegated as opposed to block or stripe.

  8. Of the two choices I like color blocking best, but I’d also like to be able to have something that will show the stitches well in a gradient color yarn – something like a pale/light color to a darker/brighter color. Hope you internal clock gets back to normal soon.

  9. I don’t want to switch back and forth between balls of yarn, so either color blocks or all one color would be my preference.

  10. I voted for color blocks. But now I kinda wish I had picked “other,” because I’ve changed my mind but I can’t change my vote!

    What I’d really love to see isn’t just one big block of each color… I’d love for there to be at least 2-3 sections of each color, but not tons and tons of little stripes. And they could vary in width, too. To give a non-shawl example, maybe something like this:

    What do you all think?

    • This is very much what I was thinking! I was going to suggest a mix of narrow and wider stripes, but I particularly like the graduated design in your example.

  11. The thought of both narrow and wide striping with the mostly textured winning, withthe narrower stripes color was a wide border is what came to mind……

  12. How about stripes of varying widths–either getting wider or narrower as the project goes along–or even asymmetrical?

    But, anything is truly fine with me!

  13. I would like to see a combination.

    I would have suggested stranded work but that’s not accessible to those who knit in cotton or other plant-based yarns.

  14. How about using two Colors wieh stripes- thick & thin – using the bolder color as a highlight

  15. I voted for narrow stripes, but what I really mean by that is a textured pattern using colours (something like Walk On The Moon).

  16. I would love to see use of a solid color with a multi color, similar to Laura Nelkins Juego.

  17. Love slip stitch color changes — easy to do.

  18. I love mosaic and feel it is an underappreciated technique.

  19. I voted color block but maybe it doesn’t necessarily have to be stripey? maybe vertical stipe sections? as long as it show off the textured stitches

  20. Contrasting color border

  21. Would love to see body in 1 colour & border in a 2nd colour

  22. I, too, like the idea of a contrasting colour border, or anything that would show the stitches/textures well.

  23. I voted for other but as a combination with a narrow contrasting color stripe between two large block colors like this Simple Ziggurat:

  24. I voted pretty much the same, with a contrasting border or edging, as the textured stitches show better in a solid color.

  25. I quite like narrow stripes, with a solid border using just one of the striping colours.

  26. I was happy for lace and semi-circle, but the public has spoken… And I find this journey absolutely fascinating!
    But with sock weight and a crescent shawl, hmm, I do think the colorblocks might be super effective. They tend NOT to be very deep, so I wonder where you’ll go there too, and thus I vote colorblocks. (Plus lend itself to good texture) Ooooh! So exciting! How will this go?! Thanks for the invite. This is soooo much fun.

  27. I have voted for ‘other’, I’d like to see it in solid colour, as it will be ‘textured’. I think, that would show stitches best.

  28. I would like a contrasting border – and maybe the bind off in the body colour. Stripes plus pattern with stitch definition would be ‘too much’ for me!

  29. I imagine that a combination of both option would be cool.
    A few narrow stripes in the body, maybe to highlight some features, and than a big colour block border., ending than again with a narrow stripe of the colour of the body.

  30. I voted narrow but I like blocks to. Som lifted stiches for effect?

  31. I would like to see small stripes that get bigger and bigger, or even this with a few horizontal stripes in the mix too

  32. I think that doing the body in one color and the border in a second color would be pretty neat.

  33. I voted for color block, but what I mean by that is (as you said) one color for the body of the shawl and a second for the border. I’m not into stripes, and I guess I prefer a one color shawl – something that will show off a semi-solid yarn and the texture of the stitches would be nice. But I would be up for a different border color – I think that often looks nice.

  34. I like the idea of mixed colour blocks and stripes – maybe a mix of stripe depths

  35. I prefer a single colour shawl (or non-striped, but can use variegated/subtley dyed wool) as I don’t really enjoy making stripes and sometimes they distract from the overall effect of the texture or pattern. However, there are some clever stitch patterns that you really need to stripe in order to see the full effect – if you’re using one of those, stripe away!

  36. I voted other, because I love to use variegated yarn, and I don’t have a variegated shawl yet.

  37. Gringaquilmes June 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    hi, I voted other, as I – like some more – would like a shawl in one semisolid color and have the border playing with another matching color and some lifted stitches, like or
    Am very curious how this will turn out…. 🙂

  38. I voted both. 😀

  39. Joanne Thomas June 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Having a one color shawl with a textured second color border sounds really nice to me.

  40. I agree with the comments about a solid shawl.

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