images: rike feurstein
i first spotted one of german hat designer rike feurstein's knit pieces last month on camille tries to blog - check out this incredible blue-purple gradient cowl which nearly knocked the wind out of me when i saw it. i immediately began a hysterical quest to find out what on earth the fantastic stitch technique was so i could learn it as soon as possible and diy my own gradient cowl. i stumbled on this great tutorial via honestly wtf for the "no knit" scarf before discovering that the amazing stitch in question was developed and patented by rike herself. it's such a beautiful, mesmerizing stitch - i just get lost in the simplicity & chunkiness of the pattern and adore the playful use of color in her pieces like that one bright pink row in the middle of the light pink scarf... brilliant!
there has been speculation that the stitch might be based on the tunisian crochet stitch - a gorgeous type of crochet with a knit look that i've been intrigued with since taking the craft up. seeing as most of my projects this year were based on the single, double, and half-double crochet stitches (i.e. the most basic of stitches) i am in awe of the thought of inventing your own stitch - and such a gorgeous one as rike's at that.
my crochet projects are starting to wind down a bit now that i'm really starting to delve into sewing. i've got a couple of completed pieces from last month that i'll be sharing with you this week and am now getting starting on my last project of the season - a pair of mary jane-type slippers. i might try to squeeze in one quick spring scarf based on the light pink / hot pink stripe one b/c i'm just so smitten but we'll see. there are a couple of projects i wasn't able to get to this year - a purse and a couple of blankets all involving granny squares, which i still have yet to learn. but, it's exciting to have some projects & new techniques to look forward to in the fall and i'm sure by then i'll have even more projects added to the list.
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