Volterra by Rachel Erin


December 2012
Malabrigo Yarn Rasta
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
in Reversible Herringbone Lace
US 13 - 9.0 mm
90 - 120 yards (82 - 110 m)
moebius, tube
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For this cowl, I created a stitch pattern that would fold and roll like the dramatic hills around the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra.

Working an odd number of rows in simple lace makes a fabric that moves in two directions, both with the diagonals of the decreases, and in pleats. The result is a strip that can be made into a mobius or classic tube, forming a cozy accessory.

The pattern looks great in handspun yarn, and has the option of using either a super bulky yarn (the blue-green sample shown used exactly 1 skein of Rasta), or about 120 yards of a Aran/bulky weight yarn (brown sample, handspun).

Because of the odd number of rows in the Herringbone Lace, the knit side and purl side of the stitch pattern alternate as the strip is knitted, making a fabric that is fully reversible without a right or wrong side.

Finished Dimensions: 8”/ 20.25 cm wide; 30”/ 76.25 cm around