Fault Lines

Fault Lines


Fault Lines gives you every option for keeping cozy while making a style statement. Choose one of two colorwork patterns for the main body, combining two sport weight colors for either dramatic or subtle effects. Add extra interest and wearability with a fingering weight lining. Then pop it on and adjust it all different ways: lining tucked in, slouched around, or even pulled up to your nose when necessary. Inside out or folded down are great looks too. This is the accessory that can adapt to wherever the mood, activity or weather takes you.

fiber: approx. 200 yards color A and 125 yards color B of sport weight yarn for main body, and 150 yards of fingering weight yarn for lining. Designed with Three Irish Girls Yarn Adorn Sport (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon 320 yds/3.5 oz) and Springvale Sock (100% superwash merino, 370 yds/3.5 oz)

gauge: 24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in blocked colorwork stockinette fabric with sport weight yarn

needles: 16” circular size 6, or size necessary to achieve gauge for colorwork, & 16” circular size 5 for ribbings and lining

finished dimensions: 22” circumference and 10” height for main body of neck warmer;  9” height for lining

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Fault Lines is knit seamlessly in the round from the bottom up, and begins with ribbing on smaller needle, then progresses to either the Mesmerized or Fracture colorwork pattern on larger needle. This main body of the neck warmer uses basic stranded colorwork and is a great beginner or teaching project. Each pattern round alternates only two stitches in either color, so it cruises along with an easy rhythm and short floats. Once the sport weight colorwork body is complete with top ribbing and bind off, stitches are picked up around the inside top edge with fingering weight yarn and smaller needle. Then the lining is knit in stockinette to about 9”, with some minimal shaping.

The colorwork patterns used in this design are from the book Alterknit Stitch Dictionary, by Andrea Rangel. These look like seismic waves to me, so I named Fault Lines for the places where the earth’s plates slip and collide, resulting in mountain ranges, undersea landscapes and all kinds of geographical rifts. You can find other pattern charts in her book that will work with the multiples in this design.

Colors shown in samples: Windward & Chambray colorwork with Stonewash lining, and Summer Magic & Dorian Gray colorwork with I Would Dye For You lining.

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