18 August 2014

Book of Kells - Small Celtic Cables

There are many different types of braided columns in the Book of Kells. You can almost follow the progress of the artist's mood or perhaps different artists through the pages. This pattern for small closed cables are a little different than most found in the manusctipt.

The pieces are designed to be modular so you can customize your piece with different length horizontal and vertical segments.

Book of Kells - Large Celtic Cables

The Book of Kells is full of inspiring Celtic knots. I couldn't resist translating a few more into crochet patterns. Here are some large columns or cables that would make a wonderful edging to a blanket.

The pieces are designed to be modular so you can choose how many horizontal and vertical segments to add to make the edging your own.

01 August 2014

Book of Kells - Celtic Square Knot

Celtic knots have always intrigued me. Ever since I made the open Celitc knot square, I have been mulling around with the idea of making a solid knot using something like cabling found in Knitting. With a little experimenting, I found a technique of using relief stitches (front-post dc, tc, and dtc) worked over rows of sc to create a similar look. In fact, I think it works better than knitted cables in capturing the essence of the Celtic knot.

For my inspiration, I went directly to source: the Book of Kells online from Trinity College Dublin. I found many gorgeous examples of intricately woven knots among the pages of the illuminated manuscript, and settled on this corner motif for my first Book of Kells pattern.