Vertizontal: Yarn Kits

Price: $26.00
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Chrissie's original pieces
Chrissie's original pieces

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 what we chose for our kits:

Kit A: Cabaret is a most intriguingly space-dyed colorway with spans of deep dark navy + black, spans that remain the original cream color of the yarn and spans of pink in varying shades.  Drama!

Kit B: Antigua is a variegated beauty that remains almost tonal with pink, fuchsia, violet and purple.  Strikingly lovely. (sorry, sold out)


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, the easiest thing to do is to get two of these kits.


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.