Lotus Challenge by Xandy Peters

Lotus Challenge

February 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
written pattern
US 7 - 4.5 mm
600 - 660 yards (549 - 604 m)
72˝ x 24˝ (127 x 43cm)
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The Lotus Challenge is a project for knitters with a desire for adventure. It uses the same stitch motif as the Lotus Flower Shawlette, but unlike it’s simpler twin, the pattern is repeated multiple times in rotating colors.

If you are already familiar with stacked increases and decreases, this pattern is a great way to explore their potential for creating intricate shapes and colorwork without stranding or intarsia.

There is a coloring page in the images so you can preview the colors before purchasing your yarn.

If you are new to these techniques, you can find introductory tutorials on youtube:
Knit Tips: How to do Stacked Decreases
Knit Tips: How to Do Stacked Increases
Weave in ends as you go:

Edited by Liz Rolle
Photos by Beth Shepherd Peters

Finished Size: 72˝ x 24˝ (127 x 43cm)

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Solo, 109 yards per 1.76 oz. (100 meters per 50 g.)
Color A: 2 skeins in color 8
Color B: 2 skeins in color 7
Color C: 2 skeins in color 5

Needles: Size 7 (4.5mm) 32˝ circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: First repeat of chart = 4.5 x 12˝ (11 x 30 cm) triangle after blocking.

Other Materials: 40 markers, sewing needle, pins, blocking wires (optional)