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Silk Smoke Ring
HeartStrings knitting pattern #H28
Silk Smoke is a versatile accessory you can wear laid on your shoulders as a dressy cowl neckline, or pulled over your head as a wimple.
This smoke ring is knitted circularly to make a seamless tube. Although the lace pattern looks complicated, the spectacular results are accomplished with a stitch sequence that is repetitive and relatively easy.
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No special knitting techniques are needed to make the fluted scallop edge — the shaping occurs naturally as a result of the bias structure of the lace pattern stitch.
The inherent elasticity and drape of the semi-ribbed lace stitch pattern makes a decorative yet functional addition to any outfit.
Although smoke rings seem to be more traditionally made in subdued natural or grayed-down colors, I chose a fiery red here to play on the idea of "where there is smoke there is fire!".
Sizes: Small[Medium,Large]. Planned finished measurements: Circumference - 22¼ [24, 25¾]"; Length - 17 [18, 19]"
Yarn: 525 [600, 680] yards of lace or fingering weight yarn. Shown in Treenway Silks 8/2 reeled Bombyx silk yarn color #12 Pomegranate.
Suggested needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) circular in 16" length
Gauge: 7 sts and 8 rounds per inch over lace stitch pattern
Construction: knitted circularly to make a seamless tube
Stitches used: knit through back loop, purl, k2tog through back loops, yarn over
Stitch instructions: charted and written
Special technique: k2tog through back loops bind off
Skill level: intermediate or adventurous advanced beginner lace knitter
Here is another model of Silk Smoke, this time knitted in Tencel yarn in the colorway Smoky Places. I wanted to give you an idea of the lovely way that variegated colors look in this pattern as well as solids.
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See more Knitted Smoke Rings in the Jackie E-S Design Collections.