Rainbow Jasper by Kieran Foley

Rainbow Jasper

February 2022
Lace ?
20 stitches and 15 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 - 1400 yards (1097 - 1280 m)
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A lightweight lace shawl inspired by the folded layers of color in Rainbow Jasper stone: “During formation patterns arise in sediment or volcanic ash; the original materials are often fractured or distorted, and filled in with other colorful minerals” (from Wikipedia). 

In the pattern the layers & rifts in the stone are suggested by frequent color changes and clusters of increases and decreases. Techniques include lace stitches, stacked decreases and a lot of splicing due to the frequent color changes.

The pattern is written out (there is no chart), the stacked decrease is fully explained, and there is a phototutorial for splicing the lace weight yarn. There are notes on color distribution and images for guidance; however, apart from the beginning of the project, the color distribution is not described row by row as it is essentially a sequence of combinations and variations within bands of warm and cool colors with the odd irregularity.

Knit on 4mm/US6 needles with 1340yds/1225m of naturally dyed lace weight lambswool yarn from Renaissance Dyeing.
The colours are mainly from the Elizabethan range, dyed with madder, woad, weld, oak and cochineal.
A yarn kit is available here from Renaissance Dyeing.
Alternatively, you can use leftovers of other lace weight or similar weight yarns organized in contrasting color groups.

Dimensions: approximately 72.5in/184cm long by 25in/63cm wide
Gauge: approximately 20sts and 15 rows = 4ins/10cm in stocking stitch

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