This project has been a delight to work on. It not only is colorful but has given me the opportunity to use various yarns and weights in the same project. My Red Hat Silkie pillow is also another of my knitted sculpture designs. Below is a photo of the top blocked on the needles, awaiting the back portion to be finished.
This project incorporates, lace weight floating chains over a fingering yarn base, lace weight mohair in different strand counts to create raised areas in the design for the sculptured relief, a lace weight crocheted ruffle on the parasol, and crocheted chain detail on feet, hat and swirls.
Below is a photo of the sculptured relief areas.
As you can see I concentrated mainly on the chest and tail area. I was able to accomplish this by just adding an extra strand of the lace weight mohair when knitting in these spots. I used 3 strands for the flat, and 4 strands for the raised. It worked great! As in all my sculpted designs, it is secured on the back with a 3 step process.
1) encircling the area with a yarn strand, or strands, then pulling in the area to return to the original gauge
2) filling the area with yarn or fiber fill
3) over laying the area with netting or Tule, then stitching it down with a single ply of the appropriate yarn color. this insures that it will hold it’s shape, even when it is washed.
I can’t wait to get the back done. The design for the back uses the same floating chain design as I used for the front.
I will update the photo of the finished produce soon, as Ms Silkie is scheduled to make her debut at a Red Hat gathering in southern Idaho in May.
Just thought I would share-