Counterpane by Norah Gaughan
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December 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1260 - 2310 yards (1152 - 2112 m)
40Β½ (43Β½, 48, 52, 56Β½)" [103 (110.5, 122, 132, 143.5) cm] circumference at bust
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For knitters who love a geometric puzzle, this study in modular asymmetry will keep the brain and the needles busy. Constructed in squares and triangles worked from the edges inward, Counterpane uses bands of stockinette, garter, and brioche to create three-dimensional texture as well as arresting diagonal lines. Each section is worked on stitches picked up from the previous square and newly cast on. The sleeve cuffs achieve a subtle bloused form by echoing the brioche and garter bands of the blocks. A large amount of positive ease (8-10”) is necessary to achieve a poncho-like fit through the yoke and shoulders; the stockinette sleeves notch into the counterpane blocks at elbow height.


1260 (1445, 1705, 1995, 2310) total yards of worsted weight wool yarn


9 (11, 13, 15, 17) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Soot


17 stitches & 26 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking
17 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in Brioche Rib, after blocking
One Square measures 9Β½ (10ΒΌ, 11ΒΌ, 12ΒΌ, 13ΒΌ)” square, after blocking
One Triangle measures 9Β½ (10ΒΌ, 11ΒΌ, 12ΒΌ, 13ΒΌ)” on two sides and 13Β½ (14Β½, 16, 17ΒΌ, 18ΒΎ)” on the third side, after blocking


One each 24” and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)
32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g., the centers of squares).

Finished Dimensions

40Β½ (43Β½, 48, 52, 56Β½)” / 103 (110.5, 122, 132, 143.5) cm circumference at bust
Intended Ease: + 8–10” (20.5–25.5cm)
Sample shown is size 43Β½” (110.5 cm) with 9Β½” (24 cm) ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Cabled Cast On

Skill Level

4 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.