Orri by Lee Meredith


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This is an any-gauge pattern; make it as large as it can get with your yardage by weighing your yarn before starting, no need to swatch! Or if you want a certain size, measure the length of the first section as you knit, and stop when it reaches your desired measurement (details are in the pattern, of course!).

Orri is an asymmetrical triangle, mostly a 
mesh lace fabric, with a big wedge of squishy 
garter stitch on one side.

The lace pattern is 
extra neat because there are no purls—you’ll work the repeating lace with k2togs on one side, then knit all stitches on the other side, and it looks like a stockinette-based mesh lace on the right side, 
like magic!

The lace is designed to look great in 
a variegated colorway, 
and you’re meant to use 
a solid contrasting color in the triangle wedge, which has a pop of the variegated yarn inside the contrasting segment.

You need

  • yarn in the weight of your choice, as much yardage as you want in a variegated main color (MC) and 40% of that yardage in a solid contrasting color (CC)

-- your piece will be as large as your yardage allows
-- to make a large-ish piece (very approximately 
80 inches / 200 cm long), for {bulky, worsted, DK, sport, fingering} weights, you’ll need approx: 
{300, 350, 400, 550, 750} yards / {275, 320, 370, 500, 690} meters of MC ({120, 140, 160, 220, 300} yards / {110, 130, 150, 200, 275} meters of CC)
-- the large sample used two full skeins of Dream 
in Color Classy with Cashmere (Burr; light worsted weight; 200 yards per skein) and a partial skein 
of Local Color Fiber Studio Rambouillet DK (Indigo dyed; DK weight but about the same as light worsted): 400 yards / 366 meters used of main color, 160 yards / 146 meters of contrasting color
-- the small sample (seen here modeled with the hat) used the same yarns, one skein of the main color (200 yards / 183 meters) and approx 70 yards / 64 meters of the contrasting

  • needles sized to match your yarn, for knitting flat (the samples used size US 7 / 4.5mm)

A standard kind of gauge is good—not too loose, not too tight. Since the piece begins at the pointed tip, you can get started and see how it’s looking, then start over if you need to change your needle size.

The lace stitch pattern is designed to work well with standard variegated colorways, dyed with short sections of each color, but it would still look good with other kinds of yarns (like speckled, or dyed with longer color sections).

Mixing textures as well as colors between main and contrasting yarns works well, as long as they are the same weight. The samples use a very smooth variegated yarn as the main color, and a natural, wooly, semi-solid yarn as the contrasting color.

The piece can be sized based on your yardage, or sized based on the size you want to make. Weighing your yarn before you begin is highly recommended.

The pattern includes a schematic showing the relationships between the measurements (when you stop section 1, you can measure the length of the bottom, and know that your top edge will be 1.5 times that length when it’s finished).

The large sample (which used 2 skeins for the main color) has a bottom edge length of approx 60 inches / 152 cm, a finished top length of 90 inches / 229 cm, a height of approx 20 inches / 51 cm, and a bind-off edge of 40 inches / 102 cm.

The small sample (which used 1 skein for the main color) has a bottom edge length of approx 34 inches / 86 cm, a finished top length of 51 inches / 130 cm, and a height of 12 inches / 30 cm.