Are you ready to try some intarsia in the round? Yesterday, I explained the Ladder Back Jacquard technique which helps knitters keep their unused colors at the back of the work with a stretchy mesh that keeps the fabric elastic and flexible while keeping the front of the work neat and without puckers. To make this cowl, you’ll need 1 skein each of a solid and a speckled colorway of Angora Lace fingering weight yarn.
Size US 2 [2.75mm] or size necessary to knit at a gauge of 30 sts and 42 rows per 4″ [10cm].
Cast on 148 stitches with your first color and join in the round being careful not to twist.
Work several rounds of garter stitch in the round:
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Purl.
Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for the desired number of ridges.
Start the colorwork
Rnd 1: *With first color, k3, [with 2nd color M1, with first color k5] x 6 times, with 2nd color M1, with first color k4, with 2nd color, k2, [with first color M1, with 2nd color k5] x 7; rep from * around. The M1 stitches are called ladder back mesh stitches and are not indicated on the chart.
Rnd 2: *With first color, k3, [bring both colors forward, with 2nd color purl 1, return both yarns to back of work, with first color k5] 6, bring both colors forward, with 2nd color, purl 1, return both yarns to back of work, with first color k3, with 2nd color k3, [bring both colors forward, with 1st color purl 1, return both yarns to back of work, with 2nd color k5] x 6, bring both colors forward, with 1st color purl 1, return both yarns to back of work, with 2nd color k1.
Rnds 3 to 36: Beginning at Rnd 3, follow the chart, changing colors for right-side stitches according to the motifs in the chart. Read chart from right to left and from the bottom of the chart upwards. At each ladder back mesh stitch, bring both yarns forward and purl it using the opposite color to the stitch just after the mesh stitch, return both yarns to the back of the work and continue working the chart.
Rnd 37: With 2nd color, [knit to 1 st before next mesh stitch, ssk] around, knit remaining stitches.
Rnd 38: Purl.
Rep the garter stitch rounds like at the beginning. Bind off loosely.
I hope you try using the ladder back Jacquard technique. Tomorrow, I’d like to introduce you to a new lace stitch and then on Friday, I’ll share a lovely stole pattern made of three colors of Angora Lace yarn.