In Chinese mythology, the sky ladder connects heaven and earth, enabling gods and humans to travel between the two. The “ladder” may take the form of a high mountain, mythical tree, tower, rainbow, or cobweb. Appropriately, this project is a squooshy piece of heaven to knit in a variety of shapes—scarf, (petite/tall wrap)[baby blanket, throw]—for lightweight warmth on chilly spring days. Natural yarn colors will enhance the finer details in the cable and lace textures throughout, while richly-dyed colorways will bring their openwork and depth into focus. With all shapes knit in one piece, the repeating motifs are surprisingly easy to work on larger needles, for a relaxing and satisfying project to snuggle up with on winter evenings.
Substituting yarn and/or needles may result in an overall variation in size and drape.
Bare Naked Wools Stone Soup DK, Mountain Meadow Wool Cody Sport, Morehouse Farm Merino 2-ply, Briar Rose Fibers Nate’s Sock, Marr Haven Organic Mule Spun Sport, O-Wool Classic 2-ply, New Zealand Yarn Company Élan Organic Merino, Imperial Yarn Tracie, Henry’s Attic Gaia Organic Merino Sport, or any springy sport/light DK that knits to pattern gauget Finished Size:
7(18, 24)[30, 40] inches wide and 64(72, 84)[30, 50] inches long (washed and blocked) Yarn requirements:
350(800, 1200)[800, 1600] Gauge:
scarf and blankets: 21 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on smaller needles
wraps: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles
size 7US (4.5 mm) for scarf and blankets (or size to obtain correct gauge)
size 8US (5.0 mm) for wraps (or size to obtain correct gauge)