Courant by Barbara Benson


by Barbara Benson
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August 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Chart A after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
Length: 100" / 254 cm; width at center: 16" / 40.5 cm; width at ends: 24" / 61 cm
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This elegant stole is a combination of slipped stitch colorwork and Estonian Lace techniques producing color-work lace. You are only ever working with one strand of yarn at a time, knitting stripes and slipping stitches.
The way the slipped stitches interact with the increases and decreases of the lacework creates the intricate color patterning.

The shawl was originally knit in Shiruku in the colors Helen of Troy and Cygnus (rich brown and cream version) which has been discontinued. A new sample was created in Woodbury in the colors Slate and Denim (gray & blue version). You will need 2 skeins of each color and the pattern uses approximately 1,200 yards divided between the two colors.

Skills needed: provisional cast on, chart reading, simple and complex decreases, single and double YO. There are decreases in this pattern that were created specifically to manipulate the colorwork into the correct sequence - these are explained in the pattern.

You must be able to read charts to work this pattern.

Many thanks to maryscottrph for knitting the updated sample for this pattern. Your work is beautiful!

Additional Gauge
20 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch after blocking

If you would like to see a video of this shawl in action and learn more about the details check out the Pattern Tour video on Watch Barbara Knit.