Geode by Jane Vanselous


December 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in 4x4 rib
US 5 - 3.75 mm
350 - 500 yards (320 - 457 m)
one size
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SIZE: Varies with needle size, stitch gauge and rows that you choose to knit. Sample shown measures approximately 36” in diameter and 12” high


Expression Fiber Arts Pearlescent Fingering

Shown in colorway: June Alexandrite. 1 skein (4oz, 550 yd each)

2.5 oz/343 yd were used for the sample shown.

Other yarn weights will work as well.

Note: To follow the “recipe” to achieve color pooling, you will want to choose a yarn that has long bands of color. (Random speckled shades and solids won’t work.)


US 5 (3.75 mm) 24” circular needles

Intermediate - This pattern is for those who feel comfortable with knitting and have made a few projects, using various skills and techniques. Skills/concepts include: Color pooling, following a knitting “recipe.”

Notes From the Designer:

•A color-pooling cowl! Use any yarn weight and opt for a colorway with long bands of color.

•As a child, my daughter was always fascinated by geodes. And why not? How something so entirely ordinary looking could contain such a colorful, glittery interior was borderline magical! People can be like geodes. Perhaps unassuming on the outside, but once you get them to open up, they may surprise you with a truly lovely, sparkly soul.

•The idea of geodes is what influenced the design of this cowl. Based on a simple 4x4 rib, the stitch pattern changes to seed stitch as the color changes. Using this lovely pearlescent yarn, the seed stitch creates both texture and shine.

•The directions for this cowl are more of an explanation of method (or a recipe), rather than specific stitch and row numbers. Once the method is understood, you may adapt it to create a smaller or larger cowl or scarf.

•Watch a video of this pattern here.

Designed by Jane Vanselous

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