knit/lab/renaissance stripes

A large lightweight rectangular shawl with stripes of lace and stranded knitting

in a patchwork of harmonizing natural colors.


The sample shawl was knit on 2mm/US0 needles with the Renaissance Dyeing Main Range:

75 x 25m/27yd skeins of artisan yarn, hand-dyed with traditional natural dyestuffs by Andie Luijk

in the south of France.  The colors include indigo, madder, cochineal, weld, oak and Persian berry.

The yarn is a 24/2 worsted 100% fine grade Merino superwash lambswool spun in Yorkshire, England.

A Renaissance Stripes kit is available here from Renaissance Dyeing.


This is a difficult & challenging knit combining fine gauge, a wide complicated chart, 8 colors per row,

lace knitting on RS and WS rows, trapping, and numerous color changes with ends to be spliced or dealt

with alternatively!


Finished dimensions: approx. 68cm/27in x 195cm/77in

Needle sizes: 2mm/US0 for knitting the charts and 3mm/US2½ for the cast on and bind off

Approximate average gauge over the width of the shawl on 2mm/US0 needle:

20sts and 34 rows = 10cm/4in in stranded knitting and lace pattern

Approximate gauge for stranded knitting: 34sts and 34 rows = 10cm/4in on 2mm/US0 needle

Approximate gauge for lace knitting: 20sts and 34 rows = 10cm/4in on 2mm/US0 needle


Also included in the pattern is a detailed description of the color groups and distribution.

I divided the skeins into groups of related colors (see picture below), and made some changes as the project progressed - there are many possibilities for organizing the colors according to your own wishes!


The pattern is charted.

The pdf contains 3 charts, short written instructions and tips, and a phototutorial on splicing.

English and French versions of the pdf are available.


Renaissance Stripes is also available as part of the Indigo & madder eBook.




Add to CartView CartView on RavelryeBook available              Note: pre-September 2015 versions of the pattern contained a couple of minor errors on the Color Distribution for Main Chart page. A correct version of that page can be downloaded here. The current Ravelry version of the pattern includes the corrections.

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