Bas Relief by Turquoise Toque Designs

Bas Relief

Knitting
January 2024
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Charted stitch pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
990 - 1986 yards (905 - 1816 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
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Bas-Relief is a term for a type of sculpture where the projection from the supporting background is shallow. The twisted stitch pattern in this pullover reminds me of this type of art. I felt as if I was translating a traditional colourwork pattern of zigzags and diamonds into texture. Twisted stitches really pop out from a background of stockinette, so they were perfect for creating this knitted ‘sculpture’.

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Bas-Relief is knit from the top down with compound raglans. The garment is knit flat while the front neckline is being shaped, and transitions to being knit in the round once the front neckline is joined. The chart for the textured stitch pattern is centered on the front and back, and the sleeve stitches are worked in plain stockinette. The sleeve stitches are put on hold while the body is worked to tunic length with A-line shaping. The sleeve stitches are taken off hold and worked from the underarm down to just short of the cuff, where a small cable chart is worked to transition to the cuff ribbing. The collar is picked up from the neckline, and worked upward.

Sizing
Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Finished Bust Measurements
30.5 (34.5, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5) (50.5, 54.5, 58.5, 62.5)”, OR
76 (86, 96, 106, 116) (126, 136, 146, 156) cm

Finished Hip Measurements
34.5 (38.5, 42.5, 46.5, 50.5) (54.5, 58.5, 62.5, 66.5)“, OR
86 (96, 106, 116, 126) (136, 146, 156, 166) cm

Recommended Ease 1 - 5” (2.5 - 12.5 cm)
The garment is shown in Size M with 2.5” (6 cm) positive ease at the Bust, and 1” (2.5 cm) positive east at the Hip.

Gauge
On US Size 8 (5 mm) needles, in the round after blocking:
20 sts/ 26 rounds in 4” (10cm) in Charted pattern
18 sts/ 24 rounds in Stockinette

Yarn
Cascade 220 Heathers, 100% Peruvian Highland wool, worsted weight, 220 yards (200 meters) per 100g skein, OR
Any worsted weight yarn with similar properties that knits up to gauge.

Yards: 990 (1098, 1228, 1358, 1450) (1609, 1692, 1864, 1986), OR
Meters: 905 (1004, 1123, 1242, 1326) (1471, 1547, 1704, 1816)
Shown in 2434 Satine.

Techniques Used
Twisted Stitches
Lifted Increases
Long-Tail Cast-on
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off
Knitting flat and in-the-round
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