Geweef by Karen Cronjé


March 2023
Light Fingering ?
26 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in linen stitch, after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
2065 yards (1888 m)
One size
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“As a dyer, there is nothing better than the feel of gorgeous merino yarn and luscious color spilling through your hands, and what better challenge than to combine multiple yarn bases and color options in a single coherent design! For this design, I wanted to incorporate a range of color types (semi-solid, speckled or variegated) and combine them with a variety of bases and stitches.
In my mother tongue, ‘geweef’ translates as ‘woven’, and the word ‘saamgeweef’ or ‘woven together’ has a particular meaning for me in this design. Not only is this book a collaborative ‘weaving together’ of ideas and people, but the original inspiration and design elements weave together a myriad of eclectic cultural references and indigenous forms of knowledge and making. Geweef hopes to translate these vibrant patterns and textures to your needles in a playful and textured manner, with the possibility of creative color-mixing and color combination.”

Geweef is a long rectangular shawl/wrap that begins at one end with an I-cord. Stitches are then picked up along the I-cord and worked on the bias. Each right-side row involves increases and decreases in the border stitches to give the piece an asymmetrical appearance. The shawl/wrap features various stitch and pattern sections that are worked in a long mirrored repeat throughout the length of the shawl. The colorwork bands incorporate a technique that is a variation on the Roosimine/ Roositud technique, a type of inlay colorwork technique predominant in Estonian knitting. An i-cord edging throughout provides a neat, finished appearance to the knitted piece.

One Size

Length: 69” / 175 cm.
Width: 20.5” / 52 cm.

MC: 875 yds / 800 m of fingering-weight yarn.
CC1: 395 yds / 360 m of fingering-weight yarn.
CC2: 400 yds / 365 m of fingering-weight yarn or 360 yds / 330 m of sport-weight yarn.
CC3: 395 yds / 360 m of fingering-weight yarn.

Sample used:
Sample 1
MC: 2 skeins of Merino Super Sock by La Bien Aimée (75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon, 467 yds / 425 m – 100 g) in colorway Fiori.
CC1–3: 1 skein each of Merino Singles by La Bien Aimée (100% superwash Merino, 400 yds / 366 m – 100 g), colorways Lichen, Kokko and Fluoro Morganite.

Sample 2
MC: 2 skeins of Lustre by Miss La Motte (50% superwash Merino, 15% mulberry silk, 15% kidsilk, 20% polyamide, 437 yds / 400 m – 100 g), colorway Black Tahiti Pearl.
CC1: 1 skein of Lustre by Miss La Motte, colorway Driftwood.
CC2: 1 skein of Feather by Miss La Motte (75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon, 400 yds / 366 m – 100 g), colorway Sunglow.
CC3: 1 skein of Merino Singles by Miss La Motte (100% superwash Merino, 394 yds / 360 m – 100 g), colorway Coralis.

Needles: US 3 / 3.25 mm, US 4 / 3.5 mm and US 6 / 4 mm 32”/ 80 cm circular needles.

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers.

26 sts x 52 rows to 4” / 10 cm on US 6 / 4 mm needle in Linen Stitch, after blocking.
28 sts x 50 rows to 4” / 10 cm on US 4 / 3.5 mm needle in Transverse Herringbone, after blocking.
25 sts x 31 rows to 4” / 10 cm on US 4 / 3.5 mm needle in colorwork (measured in stockinette and Roosimine/Roositud), after blocking.