Sheeper Than Therapy Retreat Wrap-Up

Sheeper Than Therapy Retreat

Hi friends! I promised you some photos, references, and a pattern, so here they are.


Most of the photos I took of y’all are in a post on my Facebook business page. I think they are linked to your guild Facebook page too. If you would like a copy of one and can’t seem to download it, let me know ( and I’ll email you a copy.


Color and Design

These are two of my favorite books. I use them so often the spines are starting to crack!

Edwards, Betty, Color: A course in mastering the art of mixing colors. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2004.
Williams, Robin, The Non-Designer’s Design Book, Fourth Edition. San Francisco: Peachpit Press, 2015


All but the Walker book include sections on color. Laura Bryant’s book is primarily about hand-painted and dyed yarns and working with them, but includes some interesting tidbits. Alice Starmore’s has a chapter on color with some great examples of composing with value and using contrast  in the medium of Fair Isle patterning. I mentioned Margaret’s book in class several times; it not only has a good color overview section, but other chapters on ways to use color while knitting. There’s a whole chapter on stripes that includes using them in stitch patterns other than garter. Finally, Deb Menz’s book is PACKED with more info on color itself, with value scales and harmonies to tear out as well illustrations of how to use color in five different craft mediums.

Bryant, Laura, Artful Color, Mindful Knits. Sioux Falls, SD: XRX Book, 2013.
Menz, Deb, ColorWorks: The Crafter’s Guide to Color. Colorado: Interweave Press, 2004.
Radcliffe, Margaret, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Technique. North Adam, MA: Storey Publishing, 2008.
Starmore, Alice, Book of Fair Isle Knitting, New York: Dover Publication, 2009 ed.
Walker, Barbara G., Mosaic Knitting, Wisconsin: Schoolhouse Press, 1997.

Bias Garter Stripes Shawlette


This shawlette is the marriage of one of my favorite shapes to bias knit stripes. For me it was also a de-stashing project since I have sooo much Colinette Isis and Zanziba yarn. These instructions make a 13-inch wide x 40-inch long rectangle. Read more about adjusting sizing for this construction in this blog post from 2017.

In my latest versions I was forced to improvise as I did not have 2 skeins of A in the same color, nor 2 skeins of B in the same color. I mixed and matched in different ways throughout the body but in both the new versions the same A and B are used for the increase and decrease sections to emphasize the mitering effect.


US 10½ [6.5 mm] knitting needles
Colinette Zanziba [51% wool, 48% viscose, 1% nylon; 98 yds /90 m, 3.5 oz/100g] in #47: 2 skeins, A
Colinette Isis [80% acrylic, 20% wool; 109 yds/100 m, 3.5 oz/100g] in #122: 2 skeins, B

Bias Garter Stripes

Row 1 (RS) with A, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 2 knit.
Row 3 with B, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 4 knit.
Repeat last 4 rows for pattern.


With A, cast on 3 sts; knit 1 row. Mark RS of work.

Increase row with B, k1; working into same stitch, knit through front, back and front again, k1—5 sts.
Next row knit.

Begin increase pattern:
Row 1 (RS) with A, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1—2 sts added.
Row 2 knit.
Row 3 with B, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1—2 sts added.
Row 4 knit.
Repeat last 4 rows, changing colors every 2 rows and increasing 4 sts with every repeat to 51 sts.

Work even in Bias Garter Stripes pattern until piece measures approximately 40˝ [102 cm] along the side with increases, ending with a Row 4.

Begin decrease pattern:
Row 1 (RS) with A, k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—2 sts decreased.
Row 2 knit.
Row 3 with B, k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1—2 sts decreased.
Row 4 knit.
Repeat last 4 rows to 4 sts.

Next row k1, slip 1 knitwise, k2tog, pass slipped st over (sk2p), k1—3 sts.
Next row k3.
Bind off or sk2p.


Match one short end to one long side end, lining up stripes of A with A and B with B. Seam. Wear!

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