Tones and Shades Collection, Machine Knitting
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Designs with short floats and no colour changes, making use of toning and shading techniques to create designs using shades of grey, and intermediate colours purely by the imaginative arrangement of dark and light stitches. 24st and 40 st. versions of all the designs.
For knitters with more enthusiasm than time this collection of stitch patterns will appeal. By arranging different coloured stitches in certain ways, gradually changing fabrics can be achieved. This is an ideal technique for a knitter because a really unusual garment can be created - made unique by this amazingly quick and easy colourmerge technique! Because the fabric is treated more like a canvas than a collection of individual stitches, some designs can appear to travel across the 24st (or 40st) limit, giving the appearance of a design which can only be knitted on an electronic machine, but achieved on a punchcard machine. Not only that, but while the designs may look very big, the floats have been kept to the very minimum while preserving the look of the design. On average the longest float for a particular design will be about 6 stitches. Finally, all the designs are knitted in two colours throughout, so there is no need to change colours at all. Just thread up and knit!