For knitters who love a geometric puzzle, this study in modular asymmetry will keep the brain and the needles busy. Constructed in squares and triangles worked from the edges inward, Counterpane uses bands of stockinette, garter, and brioche to create three-dimensional texture as well as arresting diagonal lines. Each section is worked on stitches picked up from the previous square and newly cast on. The sleeve cuffs achieve a subtle bloused form by echoing the brioche and garter bands of the blocks. A large amount of positive ease (8-10”) is necessary to achieve a poncho-like fit through the yoke and shoulders; the flat-knit stockinette sleeves notch into the counterpane blocks at elbow height.
- 1260 (1445, 1705, 1995, 2310) total yards of worsted weight wool yarn
- 9 (11, 13, 15, 17) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)
- Photographed in color Soot
Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.
- 17 stitches & 26 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch, after blocking
- 17 stitches & 34 rows = 4″ in Brioche Rib, after blocking
- One Square measures 9½ (10¼, 11¼, 12¼, 13¼)” square, after blocking
- One Triangle measures 9½ (10¼, 11¼, 12¼, 13¼)” on two sides and 13½ (14½, 16, 17¼, 18¾)” on the third side, after blocking
- One each 24″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)
*32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g., the centers of squares).
- 40½ (43½, 48, 52, 56½)” [103 (110.5, 122, 132, 143.5) cm] circumference at bust
- Intended Ease: + 8–10″ [20.5–25.5cm]
- Sample shown is size 43½” [110.5 cm] with 9½” [24 cm] ease on model
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
- Cabled Cast On