A top-down shallow crescent knit on 3.25mm/US3 needles with approximately 140g/700yds of yarn. This pattern was originally published in four instalments as a mystery knit-along pattern in July and August 2014. There is a thread for the KAL on Ravelry.
It’s a challenging pattern for confident knitters, requiring familiarity with the following techniques and concepts:
lace stitches on RS and WS, stranding, intarsia, color dominance, long multicolored rows, trapping, making bobbins, weaving in ends.
Gauge: approx. 18 sts and 24 rows = 4in/10cm
Blocking dimensions: approx. 44.5cm/17.5in deep at center back by 165cm/65in wide
Approximately one third of the yarn is an MC used at the top of the shawl and in bands throughout, one third is an improvised gradation of 5 or 6 shades running down to the lower edge, and the rest is made up of various amounts of small quantities of 15-20 colors.
Yardages are supplied for the intarsia motifs, but not for the stranded and eyelet bands. I didn’t keep track of specific MC and longer row yardages as I was working from a cone and full balls of yarn.
I used a selection of bright colors, mixing in light shades and rich darker shades for contrast in the stranded and intarsia areas. You can also use a more subdued palette - just make sure it includes light and dark! It will be more fun if you have a good deal more than the required 700yds - there will be more leeway for color choices.
Phototutorials for splicing yarn ends are included if you want to create your own gradations.
The pdf contains lots of charts, short written instructions commenting on the charts,
and photos of finished projects and variations on the basic pattern.
knit/lab Colorwork Crescent is also available as part of the Five Colorwork Shawls eBook.
photo © froukje 2014
photos © Liz Baltesz 2014