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October 3, 2011

The Making of Callette, Part 1

by babelglyph — Categories: Homepage Posts4 Comments

I found a few photos I saved of the process of developing and writing up the Callette pattern recently.

Click to see it larger, although if you still can't read my handwriting I can't help that...

The top-left is a quick diagram to myself of what I’d imagined and how it might actually relate to a real-life object. Comparing it to the finished product, I’d say I managed to get it just about right. I did some math, but I don’t remember if that actually ended up being relevant or not…sorry! (Although looking at this again from the perspective of my Shopcraft course this term, I did a pretty good technical drawing. Then again, it’s for personal reference, so I already know what it is and what it’s for.) The bottom half? That’s a chart…because I had no idea how charts worked. Yes, I really did chart out every row, with “K” for knit and “P” for purl. The decrease also changed from here to the FO – this shows two single decreases, while the FO has one double decrease in the center of each feather. That said, charting it out like this really helped me to visualize how it would work in practice. It still took some more finessing, though.

Pardon the crappy desk and nice keyboard in the photo...

And here we have the first test-knit feathers – note the error in the ridge on the first one. I had originally charted one more row of CC before I realized that it would interrupt the ridge. I had to test-knit to figure this out…none of these feathers ended up surviving, by the way, and I never intended them to actually work as a finished object. In fact, if you look where the needle disappears on the left side of the photo – only two strands of yarn. I’d always intended for it to be intarsia, but I started knitting my sample test before I divided my balls up to get a better idea of how it would actually work. That’s part of why this looks puckery. Of course, if you’ve seen any of the WIP photos of Callette, you will know that it looks a bit wibbly until it’s blocked out – but I just like to think of it as a newly-hatched griffin wing until it’s done. ;)

Part 2 will come with info about actually knitting it (and how intarsia needs math) and the first round of submission photos! No idea when, but it will.


  1. Pattie Whitehurst says:

    Just wanted to say, thanks for the tribute to Diana Wynne Jones. Her work has meant a lot to me, but I don’t know really anyone who’s a large fan except my daughter, and she’s not as large a fan as I am. So, good to see someone who was affected by her life and death. thanks again.

    • babelglyph says:

      Thank you! Your words mean a lot to me. I’m so happy that I can honor her memory in this way. Her books mean a lot to me, and it’s wonderful to know that other DWJ fans appreciate the tribute.

  2. rheather says:

    I was finally browsing through Knitty’s patterns and I peeked at yours-the quote floored me! I love Diana Wynne Jones (and Callette) and was also very sad to hear of her death.

    So now I’m inspired to work on a pattern that’s out of my comfort zone. Sometimes a nudge is a good thing.

    Thanks so much!

  3. Caity says:

    Love looking at your diagrams on Callette; very helpful and interesting. I think I will knit one for my sister for Christmas. :)

    Btw, I enjoyed Peeled, too.


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