Chris, of Ursa Major Knits, has never disappointed us --- she always comes up with intriguingly different types of designs to knit, always interesting, always unique.
Her newest one is called Hokusai, and here is what she writes:
Happy New Year Everybody !!!
The opportunity has at last arrived to tackle new projects with enthusiasm and energy. One of the most powerful symbols for energy is the wave. It has been a source of inspiration for many artists – including the Japanese painter Katsushika.
Katsushika Hokusai’s “Under the Wave of Kanagawa”, also called “The Great Wave” has become one of the most famous works of art in the world. Initially, thousands of copies of this print were quickly produced and sold cheaply. Despite the fact that it was created at a time when Japanese trade was heavily restricted, Hokusai’s print displays the influence of Dutch art, and proved to be inspirational for many artists working in Europe later in the nineteenth century. Even today this fabulous piece never fails to impress and trigger new ideas like the Hokusai wrap.
To create your own Hokusai you will need two contrasting yarns of the same weight. Hokusai can be knitted with almost any yarn: solids, semi solids, dip dyed yarns, and color gradients. The two versions presented here were knitted with fingering yarn, but the Hokusai wrap comes in two different sizes – medium and large - which makes it suitable for any yarn weight from lace to dk....
The Hokusai is fully reversible. Although it is a modular knit there is no seaming involved as you will join all the modules as you go along.
All instructions are written, charted and enriched with ample photo tutorials on the techniques of shaping and joining the modules. This makes Hokusai a doable project for most knitters.
The Yarn and Colorways
I contacted Chris to discuss yarns to put together as kits. She assured me that any would work, this pattern is so versatile. I asked specifically about Luci, from Louisa Harding, a plied yarn with moderately long color runs -- paired with a solid colorway. She said that would look great.
And so here we have put together a few kits. You can see what we have in the top photo's inset and again below that.
What Chris recommends is a ratio of 3:4 yardage-wise for the two yarns. So, in other words, if one has 300 yards of Yarn A, one needs to have 400 yards of Yarn B.
So our kits combine Luci (41% Virgin Wool/ 41% Acrylic/ 18% Viscose, each pre-wound ball having 349 yards/ 100g) as our Yarn A and Juniper Mooon Farm's Herriot Fine as our Yarn B (75% alpaca/ 25% nylon, with 461 yards (420m) per 100g skein).
The Luci colorway is called Aurora and is just gorgeous. It has rich jewel colors including indigo, navy, purple, burgundy, green and gold.
The Herriot Fine is Aguamarina, a lovely heathered teal. This will contrast beautifully.
Our kit will include one skein of each. If you would like to make a larger piece, go for two! :-)
The kit does not automatically include the pattern. Set the drop-down menu as you would like for getting it.
We have found that many knitters prefer getting the pattern via the designer's Ravelry page. This ensures it is saved in their Ravelry library and also that they will get any updates right away. If you decide to go this route, then please set the drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed" and we'll just send you the yarn and beads.
Alternatively we can print the pattern for you (it is 15 pages) and send it on. Or just email it directly to you though this is done manually and usually right before shipping your kit.