Holi Festival by Kieran Foley

Holi Festival

April 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stranded intarsia
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1550 - 1650 yards (1417 - 1509 m)
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A large rectangular shawl inspired by colorful Indian textiles. The coloring was inspired by the Indian Festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, as people celebrate by throwing colored powder at each other!

Knit on 3.25mm/US3 needles with a selection of different yarns.
Yardage: 1500m/1640yds should be ample.
Dimensions: approximately 184cm/72.5ins x 70cm/27.5ins
Gauge: approximately 20sts & 23 rows = 4ins/10cm in stranded intarsia.
Techniques include intarsia, stranding, lace stitches and splicing - it’s a demanding knit, suitable for those who enjoy working with multiple colors.

The pattern was originally published in four parts as knit/lab Mystery Kal 9, and features stranding, intarsia and lace stitches. There’s a chatting thread for the MKAL (no spoilers) here and a spoiler thread here.

Panels of stranded intarsia are separated by panels of a repeated openwork motif, all framed by a simple lace pattern.
For the “framing” I used mostly Jamieson’s Spindrift, approximately 350 - 400m, 380 - 440yds. For the lace sections I used Spindrift and yarns of similar weight, along with leftovers of different types of lace weight yarn, including Renaissance Dyeing and Love Story by Hélène Magnusson. For the stranded intarsia sections, I recommend something like Jamieson’s Spindrift and/or a combination of similar yarns suitable for stranded work in various rich colors. The combination of various weights of yarn creates different degrees of transparency, and adds an uneven homespun quality to parts of the shawl. The shawl can be worked in a range of palettes, including chalky pastels, Indian polychrome, Autumnal richness, etc. It’s better to have an abundance of yarn to choose from rather than working with a specific amount, and to work with manageable lengths of yarn, experimenting with color combinations and sequences, splicing when necessary and taking your time!

The pattern is fully charted, with notes, instructions for using the charts, color inspirations, a phototutorial on splicing and a mini tutorial on making marls.

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