Krewe by Lee Meredith


June 2014
Sport (12 wpi) ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
200 - 350 yards (183 - 320 m)
written for size pictured, with notes for making any width and/or any length in any gauge
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Inspired by colorful beaded necklaces, Krewe is created with slipped and twisted stitches, then finished off by dropping full columns of stitches. It’s less airy than normal dropped stitch patterns, because of the density of the slipped stitches, but it’s still light enough for a spring or summer night accessory.

Since it starts as a rectangle, before it’s joined it into a cowl loop, you can easily make your Krewe as a scarf or a big wrap if you prefer. And while it’s great for using up lots of colors, you can go for a different look by sticking with the same two colors/yarns throughout, or by using more neutral shades - whatever you like!

Krewe was designed for Infinite Twist kits - check out their website to learn about this awesome yarn company! (And the Blur free fingerless mitts pattern was designed to use up your leftovers after you finish Krewe.)

You need

  • DK weight yarn in 1 solid main color and 1 or more contrasting (variegated or self-striping will work); yardage estimates are for a cowl sized as the sample - use more or less yardage, and/or a different yarn weight, for a larger or smaller piece
  • -- approx 135 yards / 125 meters main color
  • -- approx 145 yards / 135 meters total contrasting
  • -- sample is in Infinite Twist Helix, Dovecote main color, and approx 24 yards / 22 meters each of 6 contrasting colors: Sunflower, Nancypants, Marigold, Sakura, Meringue, and Ebi
  • size US 4 / 3.5mm needles, or sized to match yarn

A sturdy, plied type of yarn is highly recommended, not a delicate and/or single ply yarn type - if using a yarn that may break, felt, or pill very easily, dropping the stitches will be much more difficult, and the dropped stitch strands in your finished piece may not look as nice after some wear.

Gauge for the sample is 6 sts per inch / 2.5 cm in stockinette; adjust gauge to change width (notes included). Gauge should be not extra loose or tight, just a good standard/recommended gauge for your yarn.

If you want to use a different weight/gauge and/or make a different size or a different kind of piece, you can make your piece with as many pattern repeats as you want across the width, and as long as you like.

Notes are included for altering width, length, and making a scarf/stole/wrap instead of a cowl.