knit/lab/iridescent crescent

A swirling crescent of rainbow stripes inspired by little patches of bright color on insect wings.

It’s a challenging knit with lace stitches on RS and WS rows, stranding, intarsia, and long multicolored rows - a good project

for using up leftovers of interesting colors or variegated yarns.

Originally published in four instalments as a mystery knit-along pattern in early 2015.

There is a thread for the KAL on Ravelry.


MC: 5 balls 525m/575yds of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift - these can be one color or a gradation of similar colors.

CC: approximately 345m/375yds in various lengths of different colors of Jamieson & Smith 2Ply Jumper Weight.

Shorter lengths can be spliced together into gradations; the longest intarsia sections require approximately 6m/6.5yds.


Needle sizes: 2.5mm/US1.5 for garter tab, 3.25mm/US3 for all the charts, and 5mm/US8 for a stretchy BO.

Dimensions: a crescent, approximately 48cm/19in deep at center back by 115cm/45in wide.

Approximate Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 10cm/4in in stranded knitting on 3.25/US3 needle.


The pdf contains lots of charts, short written instructions commenting on the charts & a phototutorial for splicing yarn ends.

2 sections have more complex alternative charts, as illustrated at the bottom of the page.




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