Via Veneto Table Runner by Cristina Bernardi Shiffman
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Via Veneto Table Runner

Knitting
September 2008
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stitch pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
1080 yards (988 m)
49" x 12" (124.5cm x 30.5cm)
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Pattern uses three colors of Louet Euroflax Sport Weight.

After knitting, yarn is woven through dropped stitches that run the length of the table runner.

This design is the result of Cristina’s mad-scientist tinkering with the DNA of the table runner. That stitch the looks like weaving? It is weaving. You drop a stitch all the way down the runner, and then weave a contrasting yarn (we used linen, but coarse twine would be nice), potholder-loom style, back through the ladders of the dropped stitch. So simple, and such a nice break from, you know, knitting. ]
Materials:

  • 4 hanks Louet Euroflax Sport, 100% linen, 3.5 oz (100g), 270 yd (246m); 2 hanks aqua (Main color - MC), 1 hank each of brick (A) and mustard (B)
  • Size 2 (2.75mm) straight and circular needles, 32” (80cm), or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Difficulty: An easy, pretty stitch pattern and a field trip to weaving.

Note: “This runner would look great in many plant-based yarns, or combinations of yarns. Linen is a practical choice for the table because it washed and dries beautifully.”