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

September 2008
Sport / 5 ply (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)

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.

Size is 49” x 12” (124.5cm x 30.5cm)

Pattern Description from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines: “This 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. The irony of it all is that although this elegant, understated runner definitely does not look like a Victorian stole abandoned on the table, its flat, reversible pattern would make a stunning, unusual-but-not-weird scarf. And unusual-but-not-weird is always a good look.”


  • Fine yarn
  • 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.”