03 November 2020

Pattern: Arachne in the Pines


Arachne in the Pines
Arachne in the Pines

Arachne in the Pines $6 or Ravelry and Payhip (no account necessary)

I love contrasting something complex (looking) with a simpler pattern, don’t you? This snuggly cowl gives you the opportunity to improve your colorwork by beginning with a simple gingham pattern (that goes on the inside) before graduating to the larger (but truly not harder), traditional Spider in the Boughs pattern from the Selbu knitting tradition of Norway. Cast on provisionally and close up the tube by grafting stitches together for a seamless cowl. Choose a cashmere-blend yarn for maximum snuggle factor.

P.S. This is a great sock yarn stash buster! you could play around with different contrasts for the Spider section or flip it and use one contrast color and different main colors. I’m already thinking about my next one ;)

Note: Both Gingham and Spider colorwork stitch patterns are presented in chart format only.

What you'll love about knitting Arachne in the Pines:

  • Beginning with the gingham inside means you get to practice two-color knitting (stranded colorwork) with the part that will be on the inside
  • The fact that big charts aren't difficult - they are just more knitting
  • Seamless knitting - just go 'round and 'round
  • Practice (and perfect) your grafting skills
What you'll love about wearing Arachne in the Pines:
  • It's just so pretty with that complicated-looking Spider in the Boughs Selbu-inspired pattern
  • It's super snuggly, especially if you choose a cashmere blend yarn
  • You get to show off that winky gingham pattern whenever you like

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 26 inches / 66 cm
Height: 6¾ inches / 17 cm

Yarn: Hampton Artistic Yarns H.A.Y. Snorgle (Fingering weight: 80% SW Merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon, 435 yd / 398 m g per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein), 1 skein each
-MC: Cinnamon Rose (approx. 200 yd)
-CC1: First Blush (approx. 155 yd)
-CC2: Conch Shell (approx. 100 yd)
Needle: US3 / 3.25 mm 24-inch / 60 cm circular needle or size needed to achieve gauge plus a second circular needle the same size or smaller for grafting (longer circular needle can be used with Magic Loop technique)
Notions: Waste yarn, stitch marker, tapestry needle

29 stitches x 30 rounds = 4 inches / 10 cm in colorwork pattern in stockinette stitch

Photography: Nicholas Dames
Tech Editing: Laura Cameron
Test Knitting: drypointprinter, K1teach2 , minimoebius, sjwearscardigans

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