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Opus Spicatum


Harry Potter or Architectural vocab?

On first glance I was expecting to see Ron Weasley doubled over and spitting out slugs. Using the Google machine I found much more enticing results.

By definition : Opus spicatum, literally “spiked work,” is a type of masonry construction used in Roman and medieval times. It consists of bricks, tiles or cut stone laid in a herringbone pattern.

It has hit the popularity docks for knitters with recent patterns on Ravelry in color construction. I love these types of details in knitted work. I think it’s why I am drawn not only to Fair Isle, Cables, but also lace.

Searching this morning for patterns using this term and “herringbone” turned up more than I expected. There are tons of color-work patterns out that have replicated this lovely brick pattern into hats, gloves and even scarves. What do you think? Would you love to craft up some gifts using such bold patterns?

PS – I tried to format this all pretty for mobile devices and pc’s. Didn’t come out so well sorry 🙂

Slouch –

A lovely little  mitt easily constructed in the matter of a weekend FREE as a Ravelry pattern.

Yarn: @136 yards (124 meters) of each color you wish to use.  Suggested – Mission Falls Superwash (1 ball each color). Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)
Needles:  3.25 mm DPNs or 40″ Circular for Magic Loop
Gauge: 6 stitches = 1”
Finished size after blocking: 3.5” across & 17” long

Herringbone Stitch Dishcloth

A super easy gift, dishclothes really are amazing to work up, practice new swatching for stitches and make very personal gifts. New babies, newlyweds, first homes and many other occasions are marked with a basket of lovely cloths to the recipients.

Yarn: 100% Cotton – Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
Needles:  US 10½ – 6.5 mm Gauge: 6 stitches = 1”
Size: 18 inches square

Opus Spicatum

The inspiration for the search. I obviously had to pick a picture that had crazy wonderful colors. You could certainly go very neutral, masculine, or crazy with this. It is super fast to craft, and compliments any head to be worn on. The pattern is directly available via the designer Here if you are not a Raveler. (Gasp)

: Suggested Wool – Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
Needles: 16” 5.5 mm (US 9) circular needle or DPNS – this is knit in the round you could do a longer cable for Magic Loop if like me this is how you knit everything now 🙂
: 19 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in herringbone Fair Isle : 138 yards (126 m)
: one

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