This is my first attempt at creating fractal-spun yarn. A fractal-spun yarn is created by dividing the top lengthwise into two pieces, and spinning one half. The remaining half of the wool is then divided into as many pieces as desired -- still lengthwise -- and spun one after the other. And then these two strands are plied together. The objective is to break up the color changes of the top, and create harmonious, interesting and sometimes unexpected color changes.
The top I used was hand-dyed by me especially for my sister who loves orange. Once finished, there was no doubt that it would become a sun-themed, semi-circular shawl.
The shawl is knitted top-down. A simple flame-like pattern becomes gradually larger, making it similar to the rising sun.
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CO 3 sts, knit 13 rows. Turn your work 90 degrees, pick up and knit 6 stitches along the long edge, 1 stitch for each garter ridge; turn your work 90 degrees again and pick up and knit 3 sts from the CO edge. 12 sts.
Row 1 [RS]: K3, p6, k3.
Row 2 [WS]: K3, kfb 6 times, k3. 18 sts.
Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 [WS]: K3, purl to the last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4 [RS]: K3, kfb to the last 3 sts, k3. 30 sts.
Row 6 [RS]: Knit.
Row 8 [RS]: K3, [k1, kfb] to the last 3 sts, k3. 42 sts.
Row 10 [RS]: Knit.
Row 12 [RS]: K4, [kfb, k2] to the last 5 sts, kfb, k4 .54 sts.
Row 14 [RS]: K3, kfb, k to the last 4 sts, kfb, k3. 56 sts.
Work Chart 1. 104 sts
Work Chart 2. 232 sts
Work Chart 3. 328 sts
Using the Elastic Bind Off method, BO.
Block the shawl, weave in ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Zsuzsa Kiss lives in Winterhur, Switzerland, with 3 daughters and her husband. She likes challenges, especially in knitting. She loves the learning process and trying out new things, in designing shapes, colours and fibers.