Range by Andrea Marquis


June 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in garter
US 7 - 4.5 mm
750 - 1250 yards (686 - 1143 m)
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This pattern is available for $7.50.

Since I have no idea what yarns people will use for Range, I initially decided not to give measurements. Depending how you wear it, gravity and stretch will affect how it hangs, and thus the size will not be a constant. But many people have not felt confident to knit this without the measurements, so here they are, for the larger sample (the one on the front, or page 1, of the pattern.) These are with the piece laid flat and taken with a flexible tape measure, and are approximations, since the increase edges curve somewhat.

From bound off edge of Side 1 to bound off edge of Side 2: 45”
Side 1: 60” x 44” x 27”
Side 2: 60” x 37” x 31”

My main rule of thumb is not to make it wider than you are tall, so if you are less than 60” you may want to stop knitting sooner. You can figure out how wide it is getting, even on the needles, by calculating your gauge, counting stitches, and doing the math. But I can’t promise the same results if you are using different yarn.

For the large size (shown on the front, or page 1, of the pattern) it takes 630 yards or 3 skeins of Color A, and 2 skeins, or 420 yds of Color B. For a large, 3 color version, use about 350 yds of each color.

The smaller size (shown on the back, or page 2 of the pattern,) it takes 250 yards each of A, B and C, or for a 2 color small version, use 500 yards A and 250 yards B.

If different amounts are used, it will not matter that much. You can switch yarns or stop knitting anytime, or keep going to use up every inch of your stash and make a giant piece!

This is a pattern that can be knit with any amount, weight, or texture of yarn, the stitching is really straightforward, and it can be worn like a cape, scarf-like, or wrapped around the body and fastened like a tunic with JUL Designs closures. I like it done in 2 or 3 colors, but a one-color version would be nice, and it could also be a crazy stashbuster!