Countercurrent by Jeny Staiman


July 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
600 - 700 yards (549 - 640 m)
Scarf, Wrap
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I like to mess around with shapes just to see what happens, and every now and then I stumble into something really cool. While playing with a series of repeating curves, I discovered that if I get the positioning just so, the curves take on a three-dimensional effect. Countercurrent is the second design I have created that explores this theme. (The first one is Soliton Wave.) This particular exploration evokes the feeling of two currents joining together.

The mathematical principles underlying this visual effect are fascinating, beautiful, and completely invisible. One doesn’t have to be a math geek to enjoy this pattern; just settle into the meditative rhythm and follow the flow.

The garments pictured here use single crochet to strand color through the scarf after the knitting is complete. If you don’t crochet, please don’t freeze up at the word. First, you can skip the chains entirely if you want. Second, no prior experience with crochet is required (I have a demo video on YouTube that shows all you need to know, which you can view here.) Third, there are other ways of color stranding that you could do instead. Lorilee Beltman is a master of color stranding and she uses a completely different method, you can view her demo here.