Threadbare by Kieran Foley


January 2024
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in ribbing after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1500 - 1700 yards (1372 - 1554 m)
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Threadbare is a large cosy rectangle inspired by Japanese Boro patchwork fabrics, and worked in a variety of yarn weights from lacy lambswool to tweedy fingering. The contrasting yarn weights create variations in transparency, with some patches appearing more “threadbare” than others. The pattern is worked on 3.5mm/US4 needles mostly in a simple ribbing pattern which adds a lively bouncy drape.

The following yarns were used, in various quantities:
Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift, Kate Davies Milarrochy Tweed, Renaissance Dyeing/Lã Nollin Indigo-dyed Crewel Lace Weight, Wild East Yarns indigo-dyed Merino Silk, Wild East Yarns Shetland Lace Weight, Schoppel Wolle Crazy Zauberball, Loret Karmen hand-dyed, and leftovers of various others including Colorshift merino and unidentified salvaged bits and pieces.

I used relatively subdued Indigo-dyed blues as my color reference, adding some muted greens and small patches of bright contrasts. The pattern can also be worked in any selection of colors.

Yardages and colors for individual patches are not specified, apart from the position of the two red patches. You can estimate and continue with a slightly different shade if you run out, splicing wherever possible to avoid having more loose ends than necessary. The patches of the two different types of lace weight yarn are labeled in one of the photos.

Dimensions before blocking: 64ins/162cm by 20ins/51cm
Gauge before blocking: approximately 33 stitches and 31 rows = 4ins/10cm in ribbing
Dimensions after blocking: 68.5ins/174cm by 29ins/74cm
Gauge after blocking: approximately 22 stitches and 30 rows = 4ins/10cm in ribbing

This is a written pattern with no charts! It is worked in the intarsia technique with a maximum of nine colors in one row.
The pdf contains the written pattern, notes and instructions, and a splicing phototutorial.

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