Calico by Dawn Barker


April 2021
Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co Solo
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
850 - 860 yards (777 - 786 m)
One Size
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Calico is a light and airy triangle shawl reminiscent of your favorite flower print dress. I designed it to be wide enough to wrap and drape nicely while only needing two skeins of fingering weight yarn. It’s the fourth in a series of projects using the concept of Assigned Pooling. Assigned Pooling occurs when a change in stitch and texture is assigned to changes in color within a skein of variegated yarn. In this case, simple Stockinette Stitch is assigned to the main color to create a backdrop for the floret cluster stitch assigned to the accent color.

Yarn​​ 2 skeins of Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co Solo Fingering, (100% Superwash Fine Merino Wool) in the colorway Wild Violet or approximately 850 yards of variegated fingering weight yarn.

Finished Measurements 76” wide x 26” deep after blocking.

Needles US size 5 (3.75 mm)

Gauge 24 STS x 32 rows = 4” x 4” in Stockinette ST

Every assigned pooling project will be as unique as the yarn you choose. Use these instructions as a basic guide, and let your creativity flow with the color changes in your variegated skein. These principles can be applied to many different shapes, just as many different texture stitches can be exchanged for the Floret Cluster stitch. Try different texture combinations and choose your favorite.

Color note: When choosing a variegated yarn that will work for Calico, look for sections of accent color that run about ¼ to ⅓ of the total length of the hank. High contrast, whether in value, (light and dark), or in complement, (opposites on the color wheel), will have a higher impact. Simple combinations of two or three colors within a skein will make your texture stitches more noticeable. Lower contrast combinations and skeins with shorter, random color repeats and speckling will make it more difficult for the texture pattern to stand out.

Assigned Pooling is a new way to embrace color pooling by letting the color changes have control of the texture pattern. I hope you enjoy exploring this concept as you create your own unique works of wearable art.