It is often said of a painting that it is “painterly”. This means that the painting has a beautiful flow of color, strokes are evident and fluid, subject matter sublime. I think of “knitterly” as having a similar meaning in yarn works. It refers to knitted or crocheted work whose stitches breathe, colors transcend, and stitch patterns flow effortlessly from one to another.
Knitterly does not mean it is necessarily complicated. Most of what I gravitate toward in knitting and crocheting are rather simple in construction and stitch work. Simple variations of the basic stitches–knit and purl, single and double crochet stitches allow for flow in the creation of an item.
Knitterly also has an artful attitude. It shows that the knitter loved making every stitch. It exudes an air of originality whether it was knitted from a designer’s pattern or created as a one-of-a-kind piece.
Furthermore, Knitterly Arts refers to the broader scope of a knitter or crocheter’s life. We yarn lovers are actually stitching up our lives, whether we’re conscious of this fact or not. So many of our hum-drum days as well as our momentous occasions are punctuated by stitches, either hooked or looped. Birthdays and holidays are marked by hand-stitched gifts. Our loved ones wrap themselves in knitted blankets or crocheted afghans. Children and grandchildren hug knitted toys or amigurumi creatures even as they wear the sweaters and vests we have handcrafted for them. We even knit and crochet through tough times in order to experience peace, bring about healing, and find solace for our souls.
Our lives are artful because we knit and crochet…stitching our stories into all that we make.
My patterns and podcast are dedicated to that artful living…
…one stitch at a time.