Footfall by Kate Davies Designs

Footfall

Knitting
June 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 10 - 6.0 mm
355 yards (325 m)
one size, easily adjustable by adding more / fewer repeats
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Footfall

An engaging and deceptively simple piece, which offers an introduction to many of the principles and techniques of charted top-down shawl knitting. By working paired increases at the shawl’s outer edges, as well as on each side of a central spine, two mirrored triangles grow outward at a regular rate to shape the shawl. The expanding fabric is dotted with tessellating motifs which resemble footprints.

This pattern is part of Kate’s Bold Beginner Knits book, which is now available to preorder.

Footfall kits (in 10 shades of Àrd-Thìr) are also available from the KDD shop

Yarn
Kate Davies Designs Àrd-Thìr (60% Highland Wool; 40%
Alpaca; 65m / 71yds per 50g skein)
Veyatie: 5 x 50g skeins

Needles and notions
Gauge-size needle 60-80cm / 20-32in long
Stitch markers (of two different types, x and y) plus extra markers (of any type) to separate repeats. Tapestry needle

Gauge
14 sts and 20 rows to 10cm / 4in over stockinette worked
back and forth.
Use 6mm / U.S. 10 needle as a starting point for swatching.
Although it is not vital to match gauge precisely on this pattern, if your gauge is too loose, you will use more yarn (and likewise will use less yarn if your gauge is too tight).

Size
152.5cm / 60in x 76cm / 30in at widest and longest points after blocking

Special techniques
A range of clear tutorials for working yarnovers; understanding triangular shawl construction; working pattern repeats; garter-tab cast on; tinking back; binding off; and blocking lace are linked from the pattern.