If you didn’t know otherwise, you might think the images below are from a pattern book for knitted shawls.
In fact, they are illustrations from a 330+ year old book called the Anatomy of Plants and they inspired Dr. Julia Riede to create a collection of ten shawl designs, all around this natural theme. It’s a wonderful idea – she notes, “the book is full of detailed, beautiful illustrations of the microscopic anatomy of plants: mostly cells, and lots of interesting textures evolving naturally.”
Riede is documenting her process from start to finish, which you can read about here, offering insight on her process to create ten different shawl designs, their compilation into a pattern collection and their final publication in book form.
It looks like she has four completed so far, below is one of them, The Sage Shawl.
To learn more about this smart and inspiring project, visit Riede at her site knitting.today.
And to keep up with patterns as they are released, be sure to follow the Knitting Plant Anatomy collection page on Ravelry.