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Jane Thornley

2010 

Shrugometry

"Four triangles = one shrug," muses Thornley. "It’s such a simple formula; I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it sooner. This may be as close as I’ll ever come to monochromatic-– two main colors taking the stage. The blue is a Moroccan or Tuareg blue, so named after the tribe in the Sahara known for dyeing their robes a deep indigo, with the browns a rich mix of mahogany chocolate combined with faint glimmers of gold. In fact, this hue is at the heart of lapis lazuli. The lead yarn bears vestiges of both: a stunning Mulberry Tussah from Handmaiden spun in Switzerland with an almost subliminal sheen. That single hank of yarn launched this yarnscape and kept me dreaming of lapis lazuli while I knit.

"This design takes approximately 300-350 yards of mixed yarn, depending on how wide you knit the initial triangle. Include one ‘lead’ yarn in a variegated mix of colors with one or two plain yarns picking up those hues. Consider the addition of ribbon an enhancement. The first triangle forms the center back of the equation with the upper, long edge creating both half of the sleeves on either side plus the rolled collar. How big the triangle equals how roomy the fit. As you can see from the photos, mine is quite roomy and could easily be considered a one-size fits all model. Once the triangle is cast-on, it's easy to keep knitting until the desired width is reached for your own specific size and inclination."

Thornley's patterns, as her legions of fans know, are more free-form than didactic. They encourage mad combinations of gorgeous yarns, and are more about colour, texture, and impact than stitch-by-stitch accuracy. This is hugely pleasing to many knitters, and nobody seems to buy just one of her patterns-- Jane Thornley is a way of life. No specific gauge is given; just use a variety of what you like in worsted-y weights.

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • no schematics
  • sewing required
  • all season
  • straight (flat)
  • size completely customizable depending on depth of triangles
  • digital PDF has 9 pages (letter size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 6.0 mm
    • US 10
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