Have you been hunting for a great pattern to show off mini skeins, gradients, or favorite leftover bits? Is mosaic knitting on your list of things to try? Then say hello the Cascadial Wrap!
Mixing simple lace and mosaic motifs, Cascadial makes a great intro project for exploring a popular colorwork technique while being varied enough to hold the interest of experienced knitters. The bias construction sets the bands of color and lace on an angle, lending drama to the overall effect and drape to the finished piece. And thanks to Cascadial’s panel setup, all kinds of customizations — including length, width, and color scheme, all of which are addressed in the pattern and free planning worksheet — are a cinch.
The name is drawn from two sources: the peaks of the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon (the mosaic motif) and the image of frothing water cascading down a waterfall (the lace motif). When I pulled Cascadial off my blocking mats and draped it around my neck for the first time, I realized the name describes the wrap itself, too: the diagonal stripes of lace and colorwork cascade around you as you wear it.
Lace and mosaic instructions are both written and charted, and Cascadial has been tech edited and test knit, so you can cast on with confidence!SIZE
Length: 86.5” / 219.5 cm
Width: 16” / 40.5 cm
Measurements taken after firm blocking.YARN
MC: approximately 795 yd / 727 m of fingering weight yarn
CC: approximately 380 yd / 348 m total of fingering weight yarn (all one color, 76 yd / 70 m each of five colors, 38 yd / 35 m each of ten colors, etc.)
Totals includes a 15% buffer. A free planning worksheet is linked in the pattern.
Shown in Kathryn Frank Fiber Arts Willow (80% Merino, 20% Silk; 400 yd / 366 m per 100 g / 3.53 oz skein)
MC: 2 skeins, shown in Mist
CC: 1 set of 5 skeins, shown in Jewel TonesNEEDLES
US 3 / 3.25 mm 24” / 60 cm or longer circular needles, or needles of choice for working flat, or size needed to obtain gaugeNOTIONS
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Lace after firm blocking
10 stitches and 40 rows of Mosaic (one repeat) = 2.25” / 5.75 cm wide and 4” / 10 cm high after firm blocking
Gauge is not crucial but will affect yardage used and final dimensions.TECHNIQUES
Single increases and decreases, yarn overs, knitting on the bias, mosaic knitting. Information about relevant stitches and techniques is included with the pattern (including an explanation of mosaic knitting).Here’s how testers described knitting Cascadial:
pleasurable, addictive, rhythmic, flexible, fun, relaxing, captivating, thoughtful, a good social knit, an excellent stash-buster, and a great pattern for learning mosaic.
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