Serendipia by Tanya Seaman


September 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
700 - 1000 yards (640 - 914 m)
2, customizable
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This pattern is available for free.

Download the customizable instructions and chart here.

Serendipia is Spanish for Serendipity, and means “fortunate happenstance”. We find it everywhere in our lives when we are open to it and allow it to guide us to new experiences. I’ve been wanting to find a way to harness the stripyness of self-striping yarn in pieces other than socks. So I created a scarf and a wrap that are built from narrow strips that make the most of the sort of short, repeated color changes in hand-painted yarn. To further accentuate the sinuous curves, I developed a decrease that is mostly invisible on the front side of the fabric.

When I was designing this travelling chevron, the stripes became swirls when I repeated the motif. In fact, I was planning to create a different chevron-based effect and began entering my pattern into I accidentally hit the “go for it!” button before I had finished. It generated my partial pattern with a couple of vertical repeats – with these marvelous swirls. It was a very happy accident. ¡Serendipia por cierto! (Serendipity indeed!)

Serendipia is worked in long, narrow strips starting and ending with linen-stitch edges: You knit one strip, then pick up every stitch along the left-hand edge and knit the second strip, attaching it to the first strip as you go. Work up additional strips depending on how much yarn you have.

Download the pattern calculator to customize your piece really easily. A video tutorial will teach you how to do the reverse-side center decrease.

Yarn Recommendations You can certainly work this piece up in any yarn weight. What is most important is that you choose space-dyed yarn.

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