Renaissance Stripes by Kieran Foley

Renaissance Stripes

December 2014
Lace ?
20 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stranded and lace stripes pattern
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1914 - 2051 yards (1750 - 1875 m)
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A large lightweight rectangular shawl with stripes of lace and stranded knitting in a patchwork of harmonizing natural colors.

A Renaissance Stripes kit is available here.

The sample shawl was knit on 2mm/US0 needles with the Renaissance Dyeing Main Range: 75 x 25m/27yd skeins of artisan yarn, hand-dyed with traditional natural dyestuffs by Andie Luijk in the south of France.
The colors include indigo, madder, cochineal, weld, oak and Persian berry.
The yarn is a 24/2 worsted 100% fine grade Merino superwash lambswool spun in Yorkshire, England.

This is a difficult & challenging knit combining fine gauge, a wide complicated chart, 8 colors per row, lace knitting on RS and WS rows, trapping, and numerous color changes with ends to be spliced or dealt with alternatively!

Finished dimensions: approx. 68cm/27in x 195cm/77in
Needle sizes: 2mm/US0 for knitting the charts and 3mm/US2½ for the cast on and bind off
Approximate average gauge over the width of the shawl on 2mm/US0 needle:
20sts and 34 rows = 10cm/4in in stranded knitting and lace pattern
Approximate gauge for stranded knitting:
34sts and 34 rows = 10cm/4in on 2mm/US0 needle
Approximate gauge for lace knitting:
20sts and 34 rows = 10cm/4in on 2mm/US0 needle

The pattern is charted.
The pdf contains 3 charts, short written instructions and tips, and a phototutorial on splicing.

Also included in the pattern is a detailed description of the color groups and distribution. I divided the skeins into groups of related colors, and made some changes as the project progressed - there are many possibilities for organizing the colors according to your own wishes!

English and French versions of the pdf are available.

Renaissance Stripes is also available as part of the Indigo & madder eBook.

Note: pre-September 2015 versions of the pattern contained a couple of minor errors on the Color Distribution for Main Chart page. A correct version of that page can be downloaded here. The current Ravelry version of the pattern includes the corrections.

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