Rakke by Susanna IC
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Rakke

Knitting
June 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking in Version I
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 10Β½ - 6.5 mm
475 - 550 yards (434 - 503 m)
Version I: 35¼” wide, measured along cast on edge; 20β€³ height at center spine. Version II: 65¼” wide, measured along cast on edge; 13β€³ height at center spine
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Knit a shawl in two skeins of Loft or a narrow crescent scarf in four skeins of Shelter from the same clever pattern. Both versions begin with a cast-on at the neck edge and a segment of garter short rows to establish the curved form.

Lace guru Susanna IC often finds inspiration in traditional Estonian motifs; for Rakke, her first Wool People contribution, she employs a leaf design and uses nupps to embellish the lower portions of the shawl. Working these motifs in a larger yarn gives them a modern feel and pleasing rustic texture.

Rakke is worked from charts and involves shifting stitch counts to form the nupps, but should be accessible to intermediate lace knitters. Choose a botanical shade to emphasize the shawl’s organic formsβ€”we knit our samples in Fauna and Embers.

Yardage

Version I (Shawl):

550 yards of fingering weight wool yarn

Version II (Scarf):

475 yards of worsted weight wool yarn

Yarn

Version I (Shawl):

2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Fauna

Version II (Scarf):

4 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Embers

Gauge

Version I:

15 stitches & 38 rows = 4β€³ in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
One 20-stitch repeat from Chart A measures 5β€³ wide with Size C needle, after blocking
One 32-stitch repeat from Chart B measures 7½” wide with Size C needle, after blocking

Version II:

12 stitches & 28 rows = 4β€³ in garter stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
One 20-stitch repeat from Chart C (Rows 1–12) measures 6¼” wide with Size C needle, after blocking
One 22-stitch repeat from Chart A (Rows 25-34) measures 7¼” wide with Size C needle, after blocking

Needles

Version I:
Size A (for Main Fabric):

One 32β€³ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed; Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Cast On):

One 32β€³ circular needle one size smaller than Size A; Suggested Size: 4Β½ mm (US 7)

Size C (for Lace):

One 32β€³ circular needle one size larger than Size A; Suggested Size: 5Β½ mm (US 9)

Size D (for Bind Off):

One needle in preferred style one size larger than Size C; Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

Version II:

Size A (for Main Fabric):

One 32β€³ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed; Suggested Size: 5Β½ mm (US 9)

Size B (for Cast On):

One 32β€³ circular needle one size smaller than Size A; Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size C (for Lace):

One 32β€³ circular needle one size larger than Size A; Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

Size D (for Bind Off):

One needle in preferred style one size larger than Size C; Suggested Size: 6Β½ mm (US 10Β½)

Finished Dimensions:

Version I: 35¼” wide, measured along cast on edge; 20β€³ height at center spine

Version II: 65¼” wide, measured along cast on edge; 13β€³ height at center spine; measurements taken from relaxed fabric after lace-blocking

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

  • Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method