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Charlottesville, Virginia

I learned to knit at the tender age of eight, and there was no stopping me. I spent decades knitting all kinds of garments for family and close friends. In 2005, I opened the online yarn shop ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Bocce

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on
  • knit
  • purl
  • kfb
  • bind off
  • lifted increse

Pattern Description:

Inspired by a woven hat, Bocce's design reinterprets the weaving pattern with slip stitches for the warp threads and stripes for the weft threads. Starting with a garter stitch tab, two-row stripes are broken up by blocks of three slipped stitches. Six stitches are added on every right side row causing the shawl to grow more quickly in width than in depth. You have a choice of two border options - plain or with points. Also, Bocce can be knit with as many as ten contrast colors or as few as one, making it great for stash busting. It is equally effective with a color changing yarn with long color repeats like Noro Kureyon Sock or Silk Garden Sock. You have lots of options to customize Bocce

Bocce is an easy colorwork pattern using only one color in a row. If you can cast on, bind off and pick up stitches, this is a good pattern for you. All other techniques are clearly explained.

Note on yardage for C1-C5: The five contrast colors require 10-15 grams each of tosh merino light. The test knitters and I had surprising results when weighing yarn. Contrary to expectations, C5 required 5 fewer grams than C3. This is attributable to the fact that most scales have an error margin of 5 grams. The required yardage above includes a hefty buffer of 15%. You will probably use less, especially on C1-C3.


24 stitches = 4"/10cm before blocking
20 stitches = 4"/10cm after blocking

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Neck edge width: approximately 641/2"/163.83cm
  • 20 stitches = 4"/10cm after blocking


  • madelinetosh tosh merino light, 100% superwash merino, 420 yards per skein, 1 skein each Alabaster (MC), Virginia Bluebell (C1), Lapis (C2), Jade (C3), Sequoia (C4), Fig (C5). Actual yardage used is approximately 370 yards MC and 75 yards each of C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5.

You Will Also Need:

  • US size 7/4.5 mm circular needles at 40"/100cm long.
  • Stitch markers: 3 for plain border, 15 for border with points.
  • Tapestry needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

madelinetosh tosh merino light

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