Vire by Lee Meredith


January 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
one size, adjust weight/gauge to adjust size
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With the Triyang collection, you have the option of using just one or two of the sections of this pattern, combined with one or two sections of the other patterns, and/or garter stitch or stockinette.

Same as the Triyang pattern, Vire is constructed modularly, with no picked up stitches, in 3 narrow triangles, joining to make a narrow, slightly asymmetrical triangle.

Vire is sized based on gauge - it is pictured in worsted weight, making a narrow piece, large enough to wrap around your neck like a short scarf, but very thick and warm because of the cables. Use a heavier weight to make a longer version. (Detailed sizing info is below.)

All stitch patterns are charted and written; the charts and written rows are on their own pages so that if you want to work from only the charts, you can skip printing 4 pages of written rows, and if you want to use only the written, you can skip printing 5 pages of charts.

The pattern also includes a schematic, construction/technique notes, close-up photos of the stitch patterns.

you need
‣ approx 300-500 yards / 270-450 meters DK-bulky weight yarn, in a solid or semi-solid colorway - yarn weight/gauge determines size
-- sample is in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted (Blue Moonstone), approx 360 yards / 330 meters used
‣ needles sized to match yarn - a circular needle 32”/80cm or longer for holding the stitches

Choose your yarn based on the kind of fabric you want. The sample was knit at a standard worsted weight gauge, in a squishy type of plied wool yarn, semi-solid colorway. You can get different looks with different kinds of textures, colorways, etc.

Size will depend on your yarn weight/gauge. Using a gauge smaller than 6 stitches per inch will make a very small shawl, so only larger sizes are given (around DK and heavier).
‣ 6 sts/inch/2.5cm makes a length around 47 inches / 119 cm.
‣ 5.5 sts/inch/2.5cm makes a length around 51 inches / 130 cm.
‣ 5 sts/inch/2.5cm makes a length around 57 inches / 145 cm.
‣ 4.5 sts/inch/2.5cm makes a length around 63 inches / 160 cm.
‣ 4 sts/inch/2.5cm makes a length around 71 inches / 180 cm.
‣ 3.5 sts/inch/2.5cm makes a length around 81 inches / 206 cm.
These are just general guidelines; results will vary depending on yarn, exact gauge, how you block it, etc.

Sample length: 55 inches / 140 cm; height: 11 inches / 28 cm (size US 7 (4.5mm) needles, for a blocked stockinette gauge of approx 21 sts per 4 inches / 10 cm).

Estimates are very approximate, since gauge can vary greatly within the same weight. Aran will take around 420 yards; bulky around 500.

The pattern includes some more notes about estimating your yardage after section 1 to check if you’ll have enough to last to the end, gauge, using multiple colors, size proportions, measurements of the samples.

You can knit the sections in different colors if you want a multi-colored version. For yardage estimating, the first (bottom) section uses approximately 23% of the yardage, section 2 (middle) uses approx 29%, and section 3 (top) uses approx 48%, so plan accordingly.