Silk Road by Alasdair Post-Quinn
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Silk Road

October 2011
Lace ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in double-stockinette, with yarn held double
US 2 - 2.75 mm
560 - 1120 yards (512 - 1024 m)

From the pattern:

This necktie is, quite frankly, utter insanity. I will admit without reservation that this pattern was the one piece I was not confident I would be able to design properly. It’s an optical illusion — what appear to be lots of interlinked spirals are in fact just segments of zigzag patterns offset horizontally by one pair. I’d like to thank Kieran Foley for sowing the seeds that helped my brain grow this fruit. Many people have told me that the resulting pattern almost doesn’t look as if it was knitted at all.

What’s New?

Similar to Silk City, which was done in the same yarn, I had to change yarns on this piece as well. I made some very subtle changes to the pattern itself, but the most major change is in the increase and decrease notation. Frankly, I’m shocked that anyone else managed to knit this given my unorthodox charting method for increases in the original version. I hope people will find them easier to follow now. My more standard notation has eliminated the need for some of the “special technique” symbols.