Opul is worked flat, end-to-end, from a provisional cast on and grafted. The rib pattern is a great introduction to using slipped stitches to create texture and elasticity in the simplest of stitch combinations. The pattern is easy to memorize and very easy to work. This is a great project for the beginner knitter who is ready for the challenge of a provisional cast on and a careful graft at the end. You can easily modify Opul by changing the yarn, the cast on or the number of rows.
About 9” high x 64” around, after blocking
2 skeins Sweatermaker Yarns Maggie 70% silk 30% cashmere, 251 yds (230 m)/50g per skein
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in stockinette (stocking) stitch, blocked. Gauge is not essential for this project.
4.5mm (US 7) needles. Opul is worked on large needles to give the fabric extra drape
spare needle for grafting, blunt yarn needle, smooth yarn for provisional cast on, crochet hook
Opul is worked flat from a provisional cast on and grafted. To change the height of Opul, you can modify the cast on in multiples of 4. To change the circumference, simply work more or fewer rows. Opul would look great in almost any weight of yarn.
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To learn more about grafting in pattern, I suggest Joni Coniglio’s article The Ins and Outs of Grafting in Interweave Press knit.wear premiere 2011 edition.