A Knitting Sound Poem
by John Beaulieu
The text is actual instructions for knitting taken from the magazine. The purl stitch is an important
stitch in knitting. Some really struggle with purling and find it slower going. With practice, this stitch
will become second nature. For the purl stitch, always remember to keep the working yarn in front
of your needles.
Lopi is knitting wool made from the fleece of Icelandic sheep. The fleece is made up of two layers,
each with a different kind of wool. The wet-resistant outer coat contains long, coarse fibres, while
the insulating layer beneath consists of soft, short fibres. These are processed together to create
lopi roving and yarn.
Part I: Purl Lopi poem reading instructions:
• a dot (•) within the x or pk patterns is read as an audible breath intake through the mouth
• an apostrophe (‘) with x or pk patterns is read as an audible exhaling through the mouth
• and all the letters p, k, and x are pronounced individually p, k, and x
• the pattern passages should be fast, somewhat loud, and exciting except for ( ) which
should be holding back and extend as though trying to rest
Part II: Purl Lopi Score for two female singers and piano
The notes are for piano. The words can be spoken or sung. They should be seen with the
colored lines as stitches in the knitting of a sweater. With both piano and voice pitch and
volume is suggested by line direction and location of the words or notes on the score. In
general pitch descends from high to low on the page, however this can be changed based on
your feeling of the stitch suggested by the line.
They protrude, bounded off-flex balls.
They intersect at all rows 7.
“Hillside terrace 19 A,”
the wrong side
underneath icelandic lopi, she inflexed
(the curve receding at .7 j’s)
xx •‘ xx •‘ xx •‘ (xx ••)
xx •‘ xx •‘ xx •‘ (xx ••)
x • x • x • x • x • x • (x‘ x‘)
They divide sets for back and front
gauge and wind strands around cardboard 10” wide; cut at one end.
Reversing patterns and shaping.
On next round repeat decreasing round 6, then every 3rd
Round 4 times more — 116 sets.
with A k1,
bending row: K 2 tog. Yo
She (renter of 19 A) armhole edging
as he works in moss set for 3 rows.
(end round 17 1 set from marker and beg
round 18 with k 2 tog)
Midriff Pat mark the 70th set for right seam!
Work top of chart.
stop (see General Information No. 2 on page 2)
answer: work in stockinette hereafter (k each round) for 8 rounds.
Cut off B, C, D, and E.
Beg at opening edge of right back and starting a p row,
work back and forth in stockinette.
p = on wrong side
k = on right side
Lopi discarded rework moss on wrong side
bind-off loosely in ribbing
Tree 5 finishing fringe, steam poncho — yoke
make test piece
ppp • kp ‘ kk •‘ pp • kkp ••‘
ppp • kp ‘ kk •‘ pp •• kkp ”
pk • ppk ‘ pk • ppk • pkk ”•
adding ribbing for 10 rounds
joining with care to twist sets
slipping markers on every round
Note: Directions are for just size 32–38“.
Changes for bust size 36–38” and 40–42” are in parentheses.
7 (8-9) skeins Natural White (A)
skein each Natural Black (B)
and Yellow (E)
end body all sizes.