Columbia by Alice Starmore


January 1994
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1350 - 1650 yards (1234 - 1509 m)
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From American Portraits: “For any coast-to-coast traveller of the USA, the images will linger long after the wheels have stopped turning. These ‘American Portraits’ are based on eight of many such images which have come into my mind following the Fall ’93 Knitting Across America tour. … Near the Columbia River Gorge, the fields of golden wheat stretched for miles – hence the literal wheatear pattern bordered with basket weave.”

Summary: Columbia is a round-neck, pullover featuring an allover wheatear motif. The Basket weave pattern appears in the hemline and cuff edges, bordered by bands of alternating Garter stitch rows. The neckline is picked-up from the body and worked in the alternating Garter stitch row pattern. The body is knit in separate pieces to be joined in the finishing stages. The drop-shoulder sleeves are worked upwards from the cuff.

Skills needed: cable knitting, pick-up stitches and increase and decrease in pattern.

Additional yarn information: pattern as per American Portraits, uses 1 colour, shown in Bainin, colour Goldenrod.

Additional size and yardage information: as per American Portraits

to fit chest/bust 34-36 inches (86-91 cm), knitted underarm measurement of 44 inches (112 cm), 1350 yds.

to fit chest/bust 38-40 inches (97-102 cm), knitted underarm measurement of 48 inches (121 cm), 1500 yds.

to fit chest/bust 42-44 inches (107-102 cm), knitted underarm measurement of 51 inches (130 cm), 1650 yds.

Additional materials needed: 1 set of double-pointed or short circular needles, size 4.5 mm (US 7), a cable needle and 2 stitch holders.

Charts: 1 cable chart