Sky Ladder


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Short Description: 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.  


  • 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  

Finished Measurements: 7(18, 24)[30, 40] inches wide and 64(72, 84)[30, 50] inches long (washed and blocked) 

Materials Used:  350(800, 1200)[800, 1600]  of any springy sport/light DK that knits to pattern gauge

Needle Size: 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)"

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Other Details: Suggested Yarns: 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