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Spectrolith

Gently cascading columns of stitches create a bold and interesting effect. Worked from the top-down, this garter stitch shawl uses elongated slip stitches to create this appearance. When combined with gradient or other variegated yarns, it creates a gorgeous colour-shifting appearance.

Sample shown in The Knitting Goddess 4 Ply BFL Masham in ‘Silver’ (MC) and 4 Ply BFL Masham Colour Wheel in ‘Primary Tones’ (CC). Sample works through the Colour Wheel Mini Skeins changing the colour for each stripe in sequence.

Materials
Approx. 1755 yds / 1605 m fingering weight yarn in two colours (MC: 1250 yds / 1143 m, CC: 525 yds / 480 m)
3.5 mm / US 4 needles
Stitch markers (4)
Tapestry needle
Blocking wires / pins

Gauge
24 sts x 34 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in garter stitch, worked flat, after blocking

Size
One size as written: 92 x 40 “ / 233.75 x 101.5 cm

Notes
Main Colour and Contrast Colour(s)
There is no need to break the main colour during the contrast colour rows, the yarn can be carried at the edge throughout the shawl.

If using a single contrast colour throughout the shawl, the yarn can be carried down the edge and there is no need to break the yarn between the contrast colour rows.

If using a set of gradient mini-skeins – changing shade for each contrast colour row as shown in the sample, break the contrast colour between each colour change.

Stripes and Elongated Slip Stitches
Each of the pattern sections comprises of 12 stripe repeats, each worked over 6 rows (72 rows total per pattern section).

In Section 1, the slip stitches are worked from normal yarn overs and are stretched over 3 rows before they are secured.

In Section 2, the slip stitches are worked from longer yarn overs (yarn wrapped three times around the right needle when creating them) and are stretched over 9 rows (into the first stripe below them) before they are secured.

In Section 3, the slip stitches are worked from extra-long yarn overs (yarn wrapped five times around the right needle when creating them) and are stretched over 15 rows (into the first and second stripes below them) before they are secured.

Size
It is possible to make a smaller version of the shawl by ending at Section 2, please note the final two stripes of elongated stitches will need to completed in pattern in the same fashion as the original edging. It is possible to do so by following the edging instructions in terms of rows – but working the completed slip stitches in the pattern set in Section 2. Please be aware that the yardage requirements will vary.

Gauge
When working Sections 2 and 3, which both contain multiple elongated slip stitches per row, it is very easy to lose track of gauge. It is recommended to check gauge regularly during these later rows and adjust needle size accordingly. Variations in gauge can cause dramatic changes in the yardage required for this shawl.

Centre Stitch
This is always worked in Garter Stitch – knitted both sides, and has a marker to either side to indicate its’ location.

Lifelines
Due to the size of the shawl and the use of the elongated slip stitches – it is recommended that lifelines are used at the knitter’s discretion.

Charts
Charts are provided for Sections 1, 2 and 3, and the Edging. These include the six border stitches (three per side) and the centre stitch.

You will get the following files:

  • PDF (658KB)
  • PDF (2MB)

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