Polytope by Jennifer Dassau


August 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
560 - 625 yards (512 - 572 m)
68 (76)" length and 14 (16)” depth.
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Polytope was designed in collaboration with Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarn for their Fall 2018 Collection; print patterns in their house format will be available at the Miss Babs booth at the many yarn shows they attend; stop by if you can, and see the samples in person! Digital pdfs are available here from my Ravelry store, and are formatted with my usual layout style and photography.

A bias rectangle worked from one short edge to the other, Polytope is more than a parallelogram. A line of centered double decreases zooms diagonally across the shawl from one corner to the other, creating a chevron dip where the stitches change direction. A repeating mix of easy to work garter stitch stripes, plus mesh lace, both highlight the angles and keep the knitting interesting. The resulting asymmetric shape has four sides that are not quite parallel, not quite straight, and not the same length - but they make a wearable and fun shape that can be styled to show off any of the stitch patterns depending on how it’s wrapped.

Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, easy lace. Instructions for this pattern are fully written, with a chart also provided for the mesh lace.

Size: 68 (76)” length along longest edge and 14 (16)” depth at shallowest part of rectangle; diagonal center spine measures about 50 (56)”. Sample shown in smaller size.

Yarn: Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarn Yummy 2-Ply (100% superwash merino wool; 400 yards/365m/115g); 1 skein each of MC and CC, shown in MC Shale and CC Cordovan, or MC 230 (260) and CC 325 (365) yards of wool blend fingering weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Removable marker (1); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 32 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

Thank you to Stefanie at Stitchcraft Marketing and the lovely ladies at Miss Babs.
For questions or to show off your shawl, visit my Ravelry group The Knitting Vortex.