Starmore Swatch 8
First off, the swatch is the same color as swatches 6 and 7, not the toxic waste spill green here. This is a prime example of light affecting the quality of your photos. Luckily, color isn't what I'm trying to depict here. I find that with the heavily cabled/textured designs I'd rather illustrate the texture than the color so the 6:30 am light is good. Enough shadow to see depth, just enough light not to have to use the flash.
Anyways. Step 5: Braided cables; "A logical expansion of the plaiting concept." Below: the whole swatch.
From right to left:
A) A basic four strand (2 stitch strands) braid.
B) A basic five strand (2 stitch strands) braid. Now, one thing I noticed right away as this braid developed was the similarity that the center part of the braid has to entrelac. Entrelac look alike with no picking up stitches (or turning) required...hmmm, might need to further investigate.
C) This braid is exactly the same as braid B, but it has a single purl stitch worked between the strands. You cross the strands over the purls. This really makes the braid 'pop'.
The two cables on the left:
D) Braid is similar to C, but this time the strands move across the purl background one stitch before meeting and crossing. In this braid you can see how we're starting to open braids up and move them across the background.
E) (far left). A four strand simple braid which not only has the background stitches in the cable such as C, but is worked across the purl background as in cable E.
I started swatch 9 as well. Whoo. Celtic interlacement effects. Lots of cabling!
The weekend was otherwise good, finally weeded the garden plot! Did my first overdyeing (more on that tomorrow!), actually finished something (more on that this week too), and got a little spinning in.