knit/lab/chestnut crescent

A colorful crescent inspired by the fan-shaped leaves of the Horse Chestnut tree - it’s a rich, absorbing knit with much of the pattern involving advance planning for multicolored rows. Techniques include lace knitting, stranding, intarsia, stranded intarsia, trapping, splicing, weaving in of ends, and a shallow knitted-on sawtooth border.


This pattern was originally published in four instalments as a mystery knit-along pattern in January 2017. Some of the details of the final pattern differ slightly from the original version in the pictures.

There is a thread for the KAL on Ravelry.


Chestnut Crescent is also available as part of the Five Colorwork Shawls eBook.




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Knit on 3.5mm/US4 needles

Gauge: approximately 19 stitches and 21 rows = 10cm/4in in stranded intarsia knitting

Dimensions: approximately 106cm/42in across by 56cm/22in deep

The pattern includes options for making a bigger crescent.


MC: KnitCircus Yarns “Greatest of Ease” 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon 400yds/366m Diva panoramic gradient colorway supplemented by approximately one ball, 115yds/105m of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift scarlet, total MC yardage approximately 515yds/471m


CC: approximately 65g/275m/300yds of a variety of shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift including part of a second ball of scarlet - the more shades the better.


You can read about the development of this design here on my blog.