In reference to the chair dress that I made , commissioned by the Textile Museum, I wanted to develop a hassock as an accessory to the Casalis carpets. With these designs I wanted to emphasise the form changes caused by the stretch that is an inherent quality of knitting. The product has a removable, therefore washable cover, dress or bonnet.
The hassock is a circular knit on a V-bed knitting machine. The yarn runs through: first the upper bed then the under bed and vice versa. In that way you can have a circular knit on a flatbed knitting machine. Plating causes the two-colouring.
The advantage of knitting is that you do not need a warp which makes it easier to have a larger range of colours than in weaving.
On a flat-bed knitting machine the yarn, by means of a yarn feeder, is inserted into the needles and passes a needle bar from left to right and back. A bar is a metal surface with needles. On a V-bed knitting machine you have an upper- and an under bar.
In plating you can knit with two colours, or yarns with one yarn feeder with two entries. The back loop is always the one yarn, and the face loop the other yarn.