Zipline by Kim Swingle


December 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
265 - 430 yards (242 - 393 m)
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
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This pattern was designed for highly variegated colorways where the colors tend to pool together when knit in a more basic stockinette or ribbed pattern.

Pattern includes both charted and written instructions, and is written in 4 sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large - approximate yarn required is 265yd (240m), 310yd (285m), 370yd (340m) and 430yd (395m) respectively.

Techniques used:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit/Purl
  • Increases (yo)
  • Decreases (k2tog, ssk)
  • Cables (with 2 stitches)
  • Slipping stitches
  • Picking up stitches
  • Grafting/Kitchener Stitch

This pattern was designed with moderate to highly variegated colorways in mind. Strategically placed slipped stitches and a mix of texture and lace have been inserted throughout the design to help distribute the many colors and reduce the frequency of pooling.

The number of colors and the distance between those colors can vary significantly within each skein of variegated yarn. Each new skein will pose its own unique challenges and opportunities.

For some colorways, working the pattern as written will be all you will need to break up the pooling. For others, you may need to play around with the position and frequency of the slipped stitches and see what works best for your particular colorway.

A special thank you to my test knitters, Josée, Katharine and Nancy, for all their efforts and assistance with this pattern.