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Sashiko

Knitting
April 2015
madelinetosh prairie
Lace ?
28 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in linen stitch, holding MC and CC together
US 10 - 6.0 mm
1800 - 2000 yards (1646 - 1829 m)
cowl - 43 x 132 cm/17 x 52 inches, scarf - 36 x 152 cm/14.25 x 60 inches
This pattern is available for C$6.50 CAD buy it now

Our latest neck-draper pattern was the product of inspiration! A love of sashiko was where it all began. Sashiko is a tradition Japanese embroidery technique where white thread embellishes indigo fabric in repetitive stitching. This meditative art produces a pattern quiet and sublime. To emulate the sashiko effect, we used two strands of contrasting coloured yarns held together and knit in one of the loveliest knit stitches known to mankind; the linen stitch. This wonderful slip-stitch pattern creates a dense fabric that looks more like weaving then knitting. The simple linen stitch, in all its delicate glory was another inspiration for this Knit Café pattern. Yet another inspiration - was beautiful, beautiful yarn!
Two very different but complimentary yarns were chosen to create this fabric. Soft and richly coloured single ply merino from Madelinetosh is whisper fine in lace weight; it is blended with fuzzy and glossy Shibui Cloud, a blend of mohair and silk. The result is a light, fine fabric with a bit of a halo and divinely nuanced colour. One skein of Madelinetosh Prairie is uninterrupted throughout, and complimented by three different colours of Shibui Silk Cloud. When two colours of Cloud meet a blurred line results, much like the meeting of colours in a painting by Rothko
You can knit your Sashiko into a wrap-happy scarf or an extra wide cowl with delicate buttons along one side. Instructions for both versions can be found in the pattern.

Shown in
One skein of Madelinetosh Prairie, colour Mourning Dove, three skeins of Shibui Silk Cloud, one of each Suit, Ash and Pollen.

Level: Knitters must know their knits and purls and how to create holes with “yarn over” for cowl version of this pattern.