Aquitania

  • In the year 800, Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, became the first emperor in Europe since the collapse of the Roman Empire three centuries before. Aquitania was one of the regions under his rule. A portion of Aquitania is now known as Aquitaine, a region in southern France on the Bay of Biscay. What does all this have to do with a knitting design? Well, that gorgeous purple I designed the crescent with is named Charlemagne. I thought it made perfect sense to name the design after something to do with that very same ruler.

    Crescent is worked from a long cast on, through the lace and garter stitch short rows for shaping, straight through to the bind off edge. The stitches are a pleasing combination of 3×3 cables and lace.

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  • Materials

    • Yarn: fingering weight; 350, 450 [550, 650] yards.
    • Model: Sheepwalk Yarn & Fiber in Merino 600 in Charlemagne in largest size; 600 yards in 170 grams; 100% washable merino.
    • Gauge: 16 sts and 36 rows to 4 inches in lace and cable pattern, blocked.
    • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm).
    • Finished size: 9 x 52, 10 x 63 [11 x 76, 12 x 89] inches.
    • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.