Color Theory by Clare Cunningham

Color Theory

November 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
900 - 1150 yards (823 - 1052 m)
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Light as a feather and warm as toast. A top-down shawl for any level knitter—beginner to advanced—who likes to play with color! It is as close as I’ve come to “painting” with wool and is a relaxing, interactive knit.

The shawl is a study in contrasts. There are two yarn weights used: a fingering or lace weight yarn and a lace weight silk/mohair which combine to create a light, airy, and wonderfully soft fabric. The contrast of sheer vs. opaque, especially when used with saturated, jewel-toned colors, creates a stained glass effect. A monochromatic or more subtle color scheme will produce a piece that is sophisticated and elegant.

The pattern consists of alternating stripes of the two yarns using simple stitches: garter, stockinette, kfb and yo increases. The shawl knits up quickly as the colors and the textures in the “bands” of stripes are ever-changing, keeping things interesting. There is a simple lace border and a picot bind-off. The pattern is written line-by-line in chart form with color indicating the striping pattern and stitch counts given for each row.

The shawl is designed to maximize a single skein (480 yards) of Wolles Color Changing Cotton, a striking gradient yarn. Yarns with less yardage can easily be used by eliminating a stripe or two! A good stash buster—mix and match remnants of your favorite yarns with the wide range of colors available in mohair/silk.

Let your imagination run wild to create a luminous, luxurious and highly wearable shawl that is uniquely your own!

Row 39 is off by one stitch (short) and the pattern has been updated to fix this error.
It should now read:

k4, (yo, k3) x 18, YO, k1, kfb, k1