Trinary by Padma R


by Padma R
April 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in knit pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
4.5 mm
6.5 mm (K)
1150 - 1180 yards (1052 - 1079 m)
One (adjustable)
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This pattern is available for free.

Trinary is a joyful celebration of three crafts and their interplay in lace.

In this unusual stole, a lace ripple flows gracefully through knit, crochet and Tunisian crochet.

Stripes at the short edges and bias shaping add zing and flair, but are deceptively easy to work. Each section of the stole body looks subtly and intriguingly different from the one before, although the stitches are the same; this is achieved by simply changing the yarn color for a particular technique.

My inspiration for this design comes interestingly, from Knitty itself. Looking at the Knitty webpage one day, my eye fell on a little box containing the words “knit + crochet”. I was reminded that I’ve always wanted to design in lace using both knit and crochet. Then, I thought it might be exciting to add Tunisian to the mix! The idea became a bit of an obsession when I did a search on Ravelry and discovered that as on date, there is no published single pattern that incorporates all three crafts in a lace fabric. Trinary is the result of my adventure.

The pattern has been written and charted to be easily approachable and uses just a couple of stitches from each craft.

Whether you’re a knitter who knows just to sc and dc or a crocheter or TC-er who knows just to knit and purl, this project is fun. Wrong side rows have no patterning or shaping (except for one stripe row) and the pattern repeat is easily remembered, making it a relaxing project.

One size (adjustable)

Finished measurements
Width: 16 inches/40.5cm, measured straight across
Length: 82 inches/208cm

Eden Cottage Yarns Keld Fingering 90% Merino, 10% Linen/Flax; 394yds/360m per 100g skein
A Ash; 1 skein
B Dianthus; 1 skein
C Daffodil; 1 skein

Actual usage: A: 93g (367 yds), B: 90g (355 yds), C: 84g (331 yds)

Recommended needle/hook size
US #6 /4mm 24 inch/60 cm or longer circular needle
US #8/5mm needle for bind off only
US #7/4.5mm crochet hook
US #K-10.5/ 6.5mm cabled Tunisian crochet hook (or straight Tunisian hook to fit 94 stitches]

ring stitch markers (for knitting)
locking stitch markers (for crochet and Tunisian crochet)
yarn needle

18 sts/24 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Knit pattern.
12 sts/19 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Crochet pattern.
20 sts/20 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Tunisian crochet pattern.

You can easily adjust or customize!

  • Size is adjustable from scarf to stole to large wrap, by changing the number of pattern repeats.

  • After the cast-on row, you can start (or end) the piece with any row you like.

  • Short edges may be blocked straight as shown or pulled into gentle waves if preferred.

  • If you prefer deeper scallops on the short edges, omit the striped sections.

  • For a straight shape, omit the bias shaping (increase and decrease sections).

  • The stole shown uses three colors but you can use just one – or as many as you wish.

  • This pattern is perfect for stash and scrap yarn busting! Line up your fingering-weight yarns in a pleasing color progression; as long as you have enough of a color for a single row, the pattern will work – and you’ll end up with a truly original piece.