The repeat is 18 stitches high and 8 stitches wide, so it can be adapted to a 24-stitch wide repeat for machine knitting. It is easy to knit because you don't need to constantly refer to a fussy chart. However, with gradated color changes it has a very complex appearance and is fascinating to knit. I have used this chart many times when I wanted to enjoy using colors, be entertained by my knitting, but not have to stress over a chart.
The chart is read from right to left on each line, beginning with the bottom line and working upward. The colors shade from light at the bottom of each diamond to dark at the top. This gives the impression of receding rows of diamonds. In the colors I chose for my Woodland Prism tapestry shown here, the color transitions remind me of rows of trees on a misty hillside. The design is also interesting inverted, shading from dark at the bottom to light at the top, giving the impression of overlapping scales. From a distance the image seems to vibrate and split as the eye discerns ever larger and ever smaller diamonds.
Also shown is the monochromatic variation in brown with rust accents. The knitted swatch demonstrates different effects achieved by switching shades at different points in the diamond, midway or near the tips.
The chart is provided in two views. The larger view shows you the repeat of the motif. The single motif view on the third page is good for carrying in your knitting basket. The instructions describe how to label the yarn and chart for easy knitting.
This design is a great candidate for “The Perfect Vest” pattern listed here.
Three additional files are included: Fair Isle Design Guidelines, Getting Started with ColorShift Yarn, and Knitting Thickness Gauge.
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