Knit Play Colour contains ten patterns. The patterns are being previewed on Ravelry through September, with the final pattern being revealed when the book is released on 29th.
A new take on a classic lace pattern.
It’s all about the fine stripes of added colour. The traditional Old Shale lace pattern plays a supporting role, making the lines wiggle their way across the background colour and around the cowl. It’s a lot more interesting than straight stripes.
This project is intended to show off narrow bands of strongly contrasting colour. With the background colour separating the fine lines, each pop of colour has space to be seen. The cowl is shown with three bold contrasts for striking effect, but you could use as many (or as few) colours as you wish.
If you’ve worked in the round before, this would make an interesting first lace project.
This pattern lends itself to making deeply varied and personal projects.
At the end of every pattern in Knit Play Colour, you will find ideas on how to “play” with the design. Resonate is easily adapted for yarn weights from laceweight to DK/light worsted. A table gives the number of stitches to cast on for the long or snug size, in gauges from 18-24sts per 10cm/4”.
Play with colour and texture. Change the type of yarn to one with more of less halo (fuzziness). In a smoother yarn at a tighter gauge it is more textural. In a light fluffy yarn it is all airy stripes.
All the help you need in changing the yarn weight you want to use is in the Play section following the pattern.
Suggest up to 28cm/11” deep, but easily customisable.
Long: 130cm/52” around
Snug: 55cm/22” around
4ply/fingering yarn with a good halo
300m/330yds x main colour (M)
50m/55yds each x 3 contrast colours (A, B and C)
4.5mm/US 7 needles for working in the round – dpns, or circulars with 80-100cm/32-40” cable.
12 x stitch markers to separate pattern repeats plus a different marker for start of round.
Fyberspates Cumulus (74% baby Suri alpaca, 26% silk; 150m/164yds per 25g ball) 2 x Moonlight (M), 1 x Magenta (A), 1 x Bottle Green (B), 1 x Turquoise (C)
18 sts (1 repeat) measures 10cm/4” over Old Shale pattern after blocking using 4.5mm/US 7 needles.
Some of the ideas on how to “Play” with the pattern are shown at the bottom left - the possibilities are endless:
- Play with the layout of the colours, with just 2 contrasts: Sweet Georgia Yarns Silk Mist 1 x Terra Firma (M) with 60m/66yds EACH of Coral Rose and Pumpkin as contrasts. 22 sts per 10cm/4” over Old Shale using 3.5mm/US 4 needles. 120cm/48” around x 20cm/8” deep.
- A great way to use gorgeous mini skeins: Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton 4ply 1 x Compost (M) and Yarnlings 1 x set no. 10 used as contrast colours. 24 sts per 10cm over Old Shale using 4mm/US 6 needles after blocking. 100cm/40” around x 16.5cm/6½” tall.
- Choose one contrast in a colourful yarn: The Knitting Goddess Britsock 1 x semi-solid black (M), Must Stash Yarns Luxe, Half skein x Coral Reef as contrast. 32sts per 10cm over Old Shale using 2.75mm/US 2 needles. 110cm/43” around x 15cm/6” deep.
For more about playing with this pattern, including these ideas, visit the Resonate blog post (link coming as soon as possible).
All details needed to make these options are included in Knit Play Colour. All patterns are tech edited and tested in a range of yarns.