Victorian Skies by Kephren Pritchett

Victorian Skies

March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21.5 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Lace pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
900 - 1000 yards (823 - 914 m)
One size; 78 inches/165 cm long and 20 inches/50 cm wide
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Undulating stripes in alternating colors are separated by narrow bands of eyelets, like wisps of fog in a cloudy sky. The simple shape and easily memorized lace pattern of this shawl make for relaxing knitting, and the various stripes create an opportunity to experiment with color and use up small amounts of stashed yarn.

One size; 78 inches/165 cm long and 20 inches/50 cm wide

Approximately 900 yds/822 m fingering weight alpaca and bamboo blend yarn; 327 yds MC, 218 yds CC1, 218 yds CC2, and 137 yds CC3.
Sample shown in Classic Elite Mountain Top Vail and Villa 70% baby alpaca, 30% bamboo viscose, 236 yds/213 m per 1.75 oz/50 g skein
2 skeins Steel (MC), 1 skein each Charcoal (CC1), Dusty Rose (CC2), and Parchment (CC3)

US 4/3.5mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

stitch markers (optional)

1 pattern rep (16 sts and 32 rows) = 3 inches/7.5 cm wide and 4¼ inches/10 cm long, each pattern repeat measures 6 inches/15 cm long along the bias edge

The shawl is worked as a parallelogram with an increase at the beginning and a decrease at the end of every right-side row, creating the diagonal edges. The stitch count remains the same throught the pattern and the 32 row pattern is repeated from beginning to end, in stripes of 28 and 4 rows alternately. The colors are cut at each color change and the ends woven into the edge of the shawl when it is finished.

The color sequence is worked in 4 colors over an odd number of stripes, with the first half of the pattern mirroring the second half after the center stripe. If you would like to experiment with a different color sequence there is a blank diagram on page 5 that you can color in. In the sample, each 28 row stripe used approximately 11 g or 55 yds/50 m of yarn. Each 4 row stripe used approximately 2 g or 10 yds/9 m.

If you are working at a different gauge, weigh your yarn before and after working 1 stripe to determine how much yarn you will need for each stripe at that gauge. To change the width of the shawl you can add or subtract stitches in multiples of 16. You can also adjust the length of the shawl by working more or fewer stripes. The sample has a total of 13 wide stripes and 14 narrow stripes.