Nature creates fascinating minerals in the most varied sizes and forms. Some are genuine masterpieces, growing in astonishing geometric shapes and displaying a mesmerizing array of colors. Such are rainbow pyrite and bismuth. Pyrite forms perfect cubes, while bismuth stacks thin squares on top of each other. Both exhibit dazzling iridescent colors.
The Irisée scarf / stole is inspired by these geometric and iridescent minerals. Irisée means iridescent in French. The scarf / stole features a center with geometric lace with chevrons and diamonds. Those patterns are reminiscent of the shapes of pyrite and bismuth. The edge panels are worked with very lacy vertical patterns, which complement the center lace. Join us on this mineral exploration and wrap yourself in color!
How to pronounce Irisée: Click here
For best effect, use a not-too-fluffy yarn with enough stitch definition. Yarn weights ranging from Lace to DK would be suitable. As for colorways, I would recommend solid or semi-solid yarns, a smooth gradient, or a self-striping yarn with a long color repeat.
Do you like the Irisée scarf / stole? You might like those patterns too: The Arte Nova shawl, and the Ondulació cowl. For endless fun with lacy fun with gradient yarns! Check them out!
Schoppel Zauberball (Light Fingering; 75% Wool, 25% Nylon; 420 meters / 459 yards per 100 grams); [1,2] ball(s). The sample (small size) uses 84 grams in color 2335 Herbstzeitlos. The stole (large size) uses 178 grams.
2.75 mm (US size 2) 60 cm / 24 inches circular needle or size to obtain gauge.
26.5 stitches and 38 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette stitch, unblocked.
28.5 stitches and 33 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stitch Pattern D – Bismuth Crystal, blocked.
28.5 stitches and 32.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stitch Pattern E – Rainbow Pyrite, blocked.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.
Stitch markers (optional): 2 in color A (edge marker), 2 in color B (lace side-panel marker), [2,6] in color C (repeat marker). Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).
Small (scarf), large (stole); easily customizable.
Small size (scarf): Width (w): 16.5 cm / 6.5 inches, length (l): 186 cm / 73.25 inches.
Large size (stole): Width (w): 33.5 cm / 13.25 inches, length (l): 186 cm / 73.25 inches.
Basic stitches, increases, single and multiple decreases, twisted stitches. Relatively easy to memorize stitch pattern. Patterning on all rows for the edgings and lace side-panels. Lace patterning on odd rows only for the main lace stitch patterns (center). Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.
This pattern is worked flat, starting from the short side and with a needle slightly size larger than the yarn would call for. This produces a slightly lacier fabric. The stitch count remains constant throughout the whole pattern. Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided, as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches and techniques.
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.
Thank you note
I’d like to send a big thank you to my truly awesome test knitters on Ravelry: kallyknits, knitinmarmot. Thanks a lot for your time and dedication, for helping me make this pattern even better and for showing how the pattern would look like with different yarns!
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