Poison Oak by Natalia Moreva
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Poison Oak

June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
One pattern repeat is approx. 18 cm wide
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
any size
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This pattern is challenging. It is probably the most difficult pattern I have ever designed. To succeed in knitting it, the ability to concentrate on your knitting is critical. Familiarity with stacked technique is highly desirable.
Please note that the pattern is for a wrap or scarf; I ended up with a vest purely by accident! Please also note that the first photo is edited to get a big pic.
If you’d like to get more experience with stacked stitches, you can start with either Coral Reef, Stream, or Aurora Borealis (the latter is slightly more difficult).
Some advice on materials. You will need fingering-weight yarn, not superwash or sock yarn-type. The knitted fabric is very convoluted, and needs to be blocked vigorously to lay flat. Superwash yarns don’t block to that extent. The yarn also should not split on your needles, and be evenly spun (don’t use tweeds, I’ve tried!). Also don’t mix yarn of different thickness.
The needles: stainless steel circulars, with sharp tips.
I suggest starting with 1-pattern repeat sample (you can actually knit a skinny scarf 1-repeat wide), and go on to more repeats only after that.
I am infinitely grateful to Grete (Ma9) and Marit (Mitt) for all their help reading-out, correcting, and knitting this pattern. I would never be able to complete such a challenging design on my own.
June 2016 - the PDF in Norwegian is posted! The translation is courtesy of Grete Jenssen. THANK YOU GRETE!!!