This is a little chess set I made using Alan Dart’s Chess Set Pattern from an issue of Simply Knitting Magazine.
I had fun knitting this up and seeing all of the pieces coming together. I made it for my dad, so I wanted to spend time making it nice for him. I didn’t want to rush it.
The level of detail involved in every single piece is quite something! Everything was really well thought through, and I adore this pattern for that, and it was all of the little touches by Alan Dart that made this special for me.
From the brick work pattern on the rooks, to the bishops’ crosiers, everything has been meticulously considered. I made a few changes to the pattern as I went along, but they were all just personal preference.
I didn’t use glue on the actual pieces at all. I stitched everything in place instead. Partly because I know they’ll be more secure that way, and partly because I didn’t have any fast-drying glue to hand!
My favourite pieces are probably the knights! Because I stitched instead of glued, their little visors can move up and down. And their horses are just the cutest thing. They took longer than the other pieces, I wanted them to look as cute as the pictures in the Alan Dart Pattern book.
The detailing on the rooks is really nice. It’s done in a brickwork pattern, and the little flags at the top look like they are fluttering in the breeze! Again, that’s the brilliance of the pattern being so detailed.
As I was about half way through this pattern, I wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew. There was so much detail, and at the time, I wasn’t so appreciative of it! To be honest, I was tempted to give up, but I had already mentioned to my dad that I was in possession of such a wonderful knitting pattern, although I didn’t let on I was knitting it, and I didn’t want to give up on it. So I made an effort to just do it and I’m glad I did.
And now it’s finished and I couldn’t be happier with it. (My dad is chuffed too!) The pattern was a joy to use, it was clear, concise and extremely user friendly. For anybody out there reading this who is thinking of attempting it, I say go for it. It’s well worth it, and it really doesn’t use up much wool either.
I for one will be keeping an eye out for more Alan Dart patterns, that’s for sure! I have plenty more photos of this chess set, so if you would like to see more, please see, (and “like”!) my Facebook page, and if you have any comments, feel free to leave them!