Saturday, December 17, 2011

Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense!
- Comte de Lautreamont

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with triangles this year. As 2011 was coming to a close, I wanted to do knit something simple, reversible, and versatile featuring my favorite shape. 

This pattern consists of small knit and purl triangles, the knit triangles receding into the background, the purled triangles popping to the fore, creating a subtle texture. The equally subtle tones of the MadelineTosh Pashmina add a little extra depth shimmer to the fabric.

US 8 32” circular needles
2 skeins MadelineTosh Pashmina, held double
*or* any other yarn with a gauge of 19 sts/24 rows over 4”

Triangle chart:

With US 8 32” circular needles, and holding the MadelineTosh Pashmina yarn doubled, cast on 204 stitches.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist work, and place marker to indicate beginning of row.
Row 1: *Work stitches 1-12 (reading chart from right to left). Repeat from * 16 more times to the end of row.
Row 2: *Work stitches 1-12 (still reading chart from right to left). Repeat from * 16 more times to the end of row.
Continue knitting 12-stitch triangle pattern chart as above for rows 3-13.
You now have your first row of triangles!
Now repeat rows 1-13 five more times.
You now have 6 rows of 17 little triangles.
Cast off!

You’ll probably want to block it. I used my industrial clothes steamer because I was far too impatient for wet blocking.But just a warning: unblocked, it looks a bit like corrugated cardboard.

Here it is when worn as a long loop:

And I think it can be worn as a hat:

Or a wimple:

 Ok, maybe the wimple looks a little silly.

My favorite way to wear it is still looped over on itself:

I'd like to wish everyone who celebrates a holiday around this time of year a chance to relax with some needles and yarn, and happy times with family and friends!

cauchy09 said...

whoa, that's some elegant texture! and i fully support the triangle obsession. :o)

KnittingBetsy said...

I really love your new design! Thanks so much for sharing it for free, too.

troy and christina said...

Very nice!! I always hesitate to wear my long cowls as a "wimple" too, but it can be so practical on a cold windy day!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Merci! Love this design and the texture it produces.

Chantal Boucher said...

Really nice!

Katie K said...

Very nice, and that wimple looks great, not silly at all!

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