Arabesque by Kieran Foley


June 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stranded knitting
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1000 - 1200 yards (914 - 1097 m)
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A painterly pattern of curved lines and shapes created by the interplay of colors in stranded intarsia knitting. Five overlapping background colors create the curvilinear forms, and the spaces between are filled with stranded motifs in contrast colors.

The background colors are worked as progressions of related shades or color families, so relationships between neighboring colors are constantly evolving; each stranded motif offers an opportunity to try a new color combination.

The chart can be used to make a variety of projects, from a shawl, a blanket or an afghan to smaller items like a square or rectangular cushion or pillow cover.

The swatch shown in the second image was knit with five repeats of the chart on 3.25mm/US3 needles using approximately 78g/360yds/330m of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in lots of colors.
The collaged image at the bottom illustrates a larger shawl-sized project measuring approximately 71ins/180cm by 19.5ins/50cm with 15 chart repeats requiring approximately 234g/1080yds/990m of yarn.

Techniques include stranded intarsia, trapping, splicing and simple lace stitches.

The pdf contains a chart with instructions, notes on techniques, and a splicing phototurial.

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