Loft (knitted) by Fay Dashper-Hughes

Loft (knitted)

June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
962 - 1312 yards (880 - 1200 m)
One Size
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Loft is a slightly asymmetric shawl that is knitted from the narrowest point, getting wider as you go. It’s an easy pattern that uses a series of colour changes to create definition and interest. This is a great on the go project as it’s easy to memorise and won’t boggle you. Inspired by a weekend away with lots of friends at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, the stripes represent the many flights of stairs to our city centre accommodation - The Loft.

The pattern structure is simple but effective with easy to memorise increases, decreases and colour changes. It is worked sideways, starting at the smallest point, so your rows get longer as you work through the pattern.

Pattern Tutorial: To accompany this pattern I have created a pattern tutorial. This is available through a private YouTube link that can only be accessed by people that have bought the pattern for Loft (knitted).

The tutorial takes you through the notions needed, shawl construction, key stitches used in the pattern, blocking hints and getting in touch.

If you make this shawl please do upload your WIP and FO on Ravelry. It would be great to see it on Instagram too - #LoftShawl #FayDHDesigns #LoftAlong @faydhdesigns

Needles: 3mm circular needles and 40cm+ cable
Gauge: unblocked 15 sts and 18 rows over 5cm. Blocked 14.5 sts and 18 rows over 5cm.
Hours: approx 38 hours to make. If you want to make a quicker one, the crocheted version takes about 30 hours (just search for ‘Loft’ in Ravelry’.
Meterage: 880m (approx 300m Yarn A, 284m Yarn B, 296m Yarn C).
Blocked dimensions: 224cm top (longest) edge, 198cm next longest edge and 66cm for shortest edge.

Yarn: This pattern works well with most 4ply yarns (400,/100g). The yarn used within the pattern is John Arbon Textiles Knit By Numbers 4ply (Merino) in shades KBN116 (A), KBN118 (B) and KBN120 (C). This is a beautiful Merino wool (non Superwash) spun in Devon, England. It comes in at 400m/100g and to complete the full pattern I used 220g (75g of A, 71g of B and 74g of C).

Yarn substitutes: Something with the same or very similar meterage. It can be a different blend but be aware that meterage requirements will change if you substitute yarns. Ideally, you want something that is soft and squishy that will create a warm fabric.

Blocking: This is a project that definitely benefits from wet blocking as it means you can unfurl the shawl (it will coil as you knit it) and create really edges. If you are new to wet blocking, I have pulled together a YouTube Tutorial for that too: