Vertizontal/ Kit/ Design by Ursa Major/ 3 Choices

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Cielo Azul
Cielo Azul
Night Fell
Night Fell
Night Fell showing the skein opened up
Night Fell showing the skein opened up
Chrissie's original Vertizontal
Chrissie's original Vertizontal

This is another wonderful design from Chrissie of Ursa Major Knits  We have carried it in the past (2015) and wanted to offer it again.

This design is so unique and tremendous fun to knit -- plus once you get going, it could be a great travel project. 

The Design

Here is how Chris describes Vertizontal:

The Vertizontal shawlette is a one skein wonder, specially created for hand dyed yarns like Wollmeise, Socks That Rock, Austermann Handpainted, and all of the beautiful indie dyer skeins that are dyed in the dip dye fashion.

You will need at least 100g / 3.5oz of fingering yarn, but you can always use more, or even knit it with a lace yarn or any other weight, however you might need more yarn then, if you opt for a thicker kind.

It is a modular knit, but all pieces will be joined as you go, so no seaming is involved.

You will find ample tutorials with technical advice, including a photo tutorial on how to knit backwards, which comes in handy with every project that includes very short rows or entrelac. Personally I even use it whenever I work stockinette in flat pieces to avoid purling. But this is completely optional. You won’t have to knit backwards, of course.

The Vertizontal is an absolute no brainer. Seriously this is the perfect project for travelling, knitting while watching the more intricate movies or whenever you are with others, which can lead to mistakes when knitting more intricate patterns that require a lot of attention.

If you read all the instructions you won’t have to follow the pattern anymore after knitting the first four modules, which you will find in written and charted instructions.

The result is a shawlette with two different effects. One side underlines the horizontal display of the colors, while the other side promotes the vertical direction. It can be draped in various ways and it is fun experimenting with the options.

The Yarn

The yarns we offer here are not one of the specific ones that Chrissie mentions in her first paragraph but I have no reservations that it will look superb. You can see ours in the inset photos on the top picture and again the three below that. The other pictures are there to show you the design.

Our Kits A and B use yarn from Manos.   Alegria is (and here I quote), "an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide. Its “hand” is remarkably soft and resilient, and the bright, playful colorways would make exciting baby projects as well as socks."

Hear, hear! It feels marvelous and the colors are knock-me-out-with-a-feather beautiful.

The yarn is made up of 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide and each skein has a yardage of approximately 445 yds / 425 mts per 3.5 oz / 100g.

Here are the kits in Alegria: 

Kit A: Huarache is a warm fiesta of colors.  With honey and orange, tangerine and spice, lime and cerulean, azure and watermelon, it is truly a tropical blend of fun!

Kit B. Cielo Arul is a cool mix of blues including sky, teal, cerulean, sapphire and aegean.  This is a perfect splash of water!  The finished piece will be much more subtle, being all variations on one color (blue).  


Our third kit is made up of a skein of Tosh Merino Light --- 100% merino wool with 420 yards (384m) per skein.  

Kit CNight Fell is a truly dramatic colorway.  One half of the  yarn is dyed a pure rich black while the other half is a speckled constellation on cream of rose and purple and teal.  The photos show it both twisted in the hank and also opened up so you can see how it is dyed.  This will be really a striking piece. 


As Chrissie recommends anywhere from 420 - 580 yards (384 - 530 m) for this beauty, one skein for any of the kits above should work beautifully. If you want to make this larger and prefer an extra skein, let me know and we'll work it out with you as long as we have stock.


The Pattern

Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.

We offer three options.

I know some knitters might already have this or prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Chrissie via her Ravelry web page. In that case, choose "No Pattern Needed."

If you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you via email, though I have to do it manually and usually send it right before I mail the kit (please be patient).

Just make sure that both drop-down menus are set as you would like before you check out.

This is tremendous fun -- and a most unique gift as well.