Fractured Helix by Barbara Benson
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Fractured Helix

Knitting
March 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
650 - 670 yards (594 - 613 m)
One Size
Errata available: tumpedduck.com

Mosaic & Lace Knits is an introduction to a technique that I have been developing over several years that brings colorwork into lace using slip stitches. Handling only one strand of yarn at a time, no carrying along the row or stranding, allows development of colorwork patterns without any floats running behind your work and obscuring your lace.

The elaborate tracery of flowing stitches of this shawl seemed to evoke a broken version of the DNA helix, so I chose that for the name. The interaction of the slipped stitches with the increases and decreases of lace utterly transform this shawl into a thing of beauty.

If you would like to see this shawl in action check out the pattern tour video on my YouTube channel Watch Barbara Knit.

The sample is knit in the colors Walking on the Sun and Kelpie from Dragonfly Fibers but I can’t wait to see what other beautiful color combinations knitters choose.

Size:
16”/40.5 cm long, 49”/124.5 cm wingspan