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belted lace cape
Inspired by the geometric pattern of sand dollars along the beach,
I set out to create an overlapped fabric that incorporated slits for armholes or belt loops. The result is this cape, which is shaped as a large
circle with a front opening. The yoke is a beautiful, easy-to-memorize
flower-petal lace pattern that is worked from the neck down. To form
the slits, the yoke is divided into strips that are knitted individually, then
overlapped and joined in a garter-stitch band at the bottom. A simple
picot bind-off adds a delicate look to the hem. Wear this piece as a traditional cape or use the slits as armholes or belt loops to create wide
hen blocking the cape into a large flat
circle, utilize the picot hem for accurate
o make working this pattern easier, place
markers after each repeat on the first row,
then slip markers every row as you come
ee the accompanying DVD for a demonstration on working the overlapped panels
and picot bind-off.
DK weight (#3 Light).
Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry
shown here: Green Mountain Spinnery
Comfort Cotton (20% organic cotton,
80% fine wool; 180 yd [164 m]/2 oz):
#6714 maize, 10 skeins.
Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm): 16" and 32"
(40 and 80 cm) circular (cir). Adjust
needle size if necessary to obtain the
21 stitches and 20 rows = 4" (10 cm)
in lace pattern, blocked.
About 50" (127 cm) in diameter and
22" (56 cm) long.
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tree of life
This ruana pays fiber homage to Tim Parish’s painting Tree of Life, and
I learned to knit intarsia specifically to create the contrasting trunk.
The free-form swirling tree branches are added with chain-stitch embroidery after the piece is knitted. The body of this ruana is knitted in
a reversible non-curling texture stitch, but the tree trunk is knitted in
stockinette stitch to blend with the embroidery and to contrast against
the textured background. Box pleats in the yoke and a self-tie belt provide shaping and design details on the front. The yarn, a merino roving
wool that is airy and soft, provides plenty of texture for hiding the loose
ends woven in the wrong side.
ee the accompanying DVD for
a demonstration on working the
Worsted weight (#4 Medium).
shown here: The Fibre Company
Road to China (65% baby alpaca,
15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere;
69 yd [63 m]/50 g): jade, 4 skeins.
About 11 stitches and 18 rows = 4"
(10 cm) in bias-stitch pattern.
Size U.S. 10 (6 mm). Adjust needle
size if necessary to obtain the correct
About 54" (137 cm) wide and 24"
(61 cm) long at point.
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