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See Second Thoughts Pages 50 - 57 for more information

Conglomerations may appear to be random shapes. They are not as dissimilar as they may at first appear. They all consist entirely of 90 and 45 degree angles, so they fit together in the same way as other Woolly Thoughts shapes. They are a good way to use up oddments of yarn. However, it is possible to colour any design using just four colours.

The size of a Conglomeration can be established by knitting one diagonal square that is, for example, a quarter of the width of the garment.

Divide the number of stitches on the diagonal by 1.4.The diagonal of a square always has 1.4 times as many stitches as the edge of a straight square would have. You can use these two numbers to work out how many stitches to pick up for each new shape.

The diagram shown here is not the 'pattern' for any of the garments photographed. It does not have a continuous straight edge at the front so must be a sweater not a jacket.

Always plan your design, on squared paper, as a single piece so that shapes can be made to wrap round.  

The most important element is the starting square. This can be placed anywhere you want on the grid but must be a known fraction of the width of your garment. For example it could be a quarter, or a fifth, or sixth of the width. (Avoid very small squares as the knitting starts to get tedious.)

Shapes with 45, 90 and 135 degree angles can then be built onto the starting square, using the gridlines and the diagonals as a guide.

Calculate the number of stitches needed for the side of a square and, by referring to this number and the number of stitches on the diagonal of the square, you will be able to ascertain the correct number of stitches to pick up for any new shape.

Download CCC for a step-by-step guide to creating a square which can be turned into a cushion or the back of a sweater.

This is the jacket I made.