Saturday, 5 October 2013

Thick/Thin Hand spun

Yes, I know it's been a while since my last post. I've been spending more time on Espace Interstitiel Facebook page and the poor blog has been neglected. So to refresh the blog here's a free pattern for you.

I knitted these scarves/shawls out of hand spun and Habu yarns.

Hand dyed/ hand spun merino/silk and Habu merino/stainless steel.


Hand dyed/hand spun cotton and Habu bamboo/copper.


Several people liked them and asked me to write up the pattern. I'm a very slow pattern writer so it's taken a while. I hope you enjoy it.

This is an easy pattern for using up interesting bits of hand spun or other yarns you've collected.

You will need approximately 50g of thick yarn and 50g of thin yarn. The greater the difference between the thick and thin yarns, the stronger the textured effect will be.  You will need needles sized appropriately for knitting the thick yarn.

In my examples the hand spun yarn was about a worsted weight and the fine yarn would be considered a lace weight.

NOTES: Odd rows are wrong side (WS) and even rows are right side (RS). Yarn amounts are approximate. The amounts you use may be different.  

Using thick yarn, cast on 30 sts. Make sure that your cast on is not tight. It will be much easier to work with the thin yarn if you try not to knit tightly.

Row 1 (WS): Knit
Row 2(RS): Knit
Row 3: Knit holding both thick and thin yarn together
Begin Short-Row Wedge
Row 4: Knit 4 sts holding both yarns, knit to end of row (26 sts) using only thin yarn.
Row 5: Purl 22 sts, turn.
Row 6: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (21 sts).
Row 7: Purl 18 sts, turn.
Row 8: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (17 sts).
Row 9: Purl 14 sts, turn.
Row 10: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (13 sts).
Row 11: Purl 10 sts, turn.
Row 12: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (9 sts).
Row 13: Purl 26 sts; pick up thick yarn and knit to end holding both yarns.
Rows 14 and 15: Knit holding both yarns.

Repeat Rows 4 to 15 for as many wedges as you wish. End on Row 14, knit two rows using only the thick yarn. Cast off loosely.

There are many ways to modify this pattern so be creative.
Happy knitting.


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