Gryphon swatch

I testing charts and size for a new project. This is knitted with Alice Starmore 2ply yarn, but I think I'm going to have to do it in Jamieson's because of the limited colour range available...

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ronhuber's picture

Very impressive. What programme are you using?

Bill's picture

Not using a program...I downloaded graph paper from the internet...and am hand drawing the charts. I've had to do several as the original ones gave me too big a knitted gryphon. Today I redrew according to my stitch gauge, and I'm happier with the results. I xeroxed the chart, flipped it, pasted it up in a repeat I'm going to start the real final chart.
( I hope)

Bill's picture

OK...I'm doing this in an odd way, but it's working beautifully!
Following my hand drawn graph, I charted the design with Intwined Studio, took a screen shot of the page, saved that as a jpeg, then retouched it in Photoshop. I wanted to be able to flip the chart so I'd have mirrored gryphons. Yes...probably the long way to do it...but it worked...LOL

ronhuber's picture

Very clever - have you chosen colours?? Jamieson and Smith have fewer colours than they used to but enough for me. They are always so efficient with my orders - even those that I receive here in Mexico. Looking forward to seeing it "in action" - sweater, bag???

Bill's picture

It's going to be a tailored waistcoat. I'll cut the knitted fabric and tailor it like a piece of wool. ( I do a lot of that)
I ordered the full set of Jamieson colours..$30. from a Canadian company....but ordered the yarns from Schoolhouse Press. I just discovered that a local shop stocks many of the colours...
It's going to be charcoal grey with teal, lavender, raspberry...

Bill, that gryphon is absolutely AMAZING! I can only imagine what the finished waistcoat will look like if that's anything to judge by. Fantastic work, and I (along with everyone else on here) look forward to seeing photos of the completed article. Best to you, and happy knitting.


Kerry's picture

Looks great Bill. If Jamieson & Smith don't have the colour you want, have a look at a Danish woolseller I've recently discovered. There are almost 100 colours in the 2ply yarn which is a Shetland type wool. It is not expensive, sample packs are available (I want all colours!), service is excellent and postage is reasonable.

Bill's picture

Thank you, Kerry!
Their colours are heathered, which I I ordered the colour cards and a few balls of yarn. Shipping was $22.00...but I realize it would cost me $10 just to travel to the closest source of not bad...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Absolutely stunning, Bill. I look forward to progress reports. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Melbcub's picture

Great work!

you should try doing one in double knit?

Bill's picture

I could...I've been watching Tom do his Portuguese knitting...but this is for a garment, so just one side...I am doing three colours in a row, however...

SimonWales's picture

Wow Bill - that Gryphon looks great - After your kind comments about my dragon I wanted to see your Gryphon - love it!