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Kea

Knitting
June 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Rib, relaxed after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
830 - 1260 yards (759 - 1152 m)
52 (62½)” wingspan, 26 (31¼)” height at center spine; measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
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A newcomer to Wool People, Amy van de Laar favors clean shapes and bold geometry in her design work.

Kea, inspired by the plumage of New Zealand’s cheeky parrots, is a simple garter-based triangle that uses a spare and effective combination of ribs and feather motifs to create a cozy, rustic wrap. Worked in Loft from charts or written directions, this intuitive project is perfect for beginning lace knitters.

Kea is offered in small and large sizes and can easily be scaled even larger by repeating the feather lace motif. Knit it in a calm neutral to wear atop print dresses for homestead chic or choose a summery green like Tent or Artifact—the actual colors of the parrots—as we did for the samples.

Yardage

830 (1260) yards of fingering weight wool yarn

Yarn

3 (5) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Tent (Artifact)

Gauge

20 stitches & 32 rows = 4″ in Garter Rib, relaxed after blocking

Needles

One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Finished Dimensions

52 (62½)” wingspan, 26 (31¼)” height at center spine; measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking