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Summit

Knitty, Spring + Summer 2010
Knitting
March 2010
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
800 - 900 yards (732 - 823 m)
This pattern is available for free.

Attending Sock Summit was the most inspiring thing I’ve done in my creative life. It was a nexus of inspirational knitters. Since it was chillier than usual for the time of year, everyone got a chance to show off some spectacular knits.

One lovely lady in particular was wearing possibly the most unusual sweater I’ve ever seen. There was even a little gaggle of people behind her talking about this sweater. She told us that it was actually machine made, bought on vacation in an exotic location I no longer remember. And she shared that someone at the conference had told her that it was impossible to make by hand.

Well, she knew better and set a challenge to anyone who could figure out how to do it. I was so inspired that I ripped out the sock I’d cast on earlier and started swatching. After several false starts, and going back to the sweater more than once, I got it!

This stitch pattern looks complex but is actually deceptively simple, and can be easily adapted to any width or length by just changing the number of repeats. The silk yarn is both affordable and weighty enough to give the shawl a beautiful drape.

Note: there was an error in the pattern for the first few hours it was up. It is now corrected.

About Twisted Stitches
You do not need to use twisted stitches to keep the drop stitches from expanding. The diagonal pull on the dropped stitches keeps them from stretching out. I swatched this pattern a lot of different ways and in different yarns to find out what worked the best :)

French Translation is now available here:
http://www.monbouton.fr/2010/08/15/modele-summit-en-franc...

Italian Translation here:
http://www.blog.filiandcolori.com/post/2011/06/02/Summit-...