©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2018

©Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer 2018

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WINDMILLS

The pink triangles form one windmill, the purple triangles form another. Because of the orientation of the squares it isn’t possible to see a ‘solid’ windmill at one time. Two triangles of each colour are always ‘solid’. The others show the colour to varying degrees, depending on the angle. As you move round the windmill parts appear more clearly, then disappear again, in rotation.


These squares can be used  in other arrangements for different interesting effects.

To knit a single square (Square 1. The thick red line shows where you begin)
A provisional cast-on is recommended.

Cast on 23 stitches.
Ridge 1 (Dark) : Knit the first row. On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches.
The chart shows k1, p22
Ridge 2 (Light) : Knit the first row. On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches.

The chart shows p2, k21
Ridge 3 (Dark) : Knit the first row. On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches.
The chart shows k3, p20
Ridges 4 - 23  : Follow the chart, working in the same way and changing colours for each ridge.
Cast off on the second row of ridge 23.


To knit a group of 4 squares
Make Square 1 (As above).

Square 2
Turn Square 1 sideways and, using Dark, pick up one stitch from the end of each ridge (23 stitches). This counts as the first row of ridge 1.

Ridge 1 - Second row: On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches.

The chart shows k1, p22
Ridge 2 (Light) : Knit the first row. On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches.

The chart shows p2, k21
Ridge 3 (Dark) : Knit the first row. On the second row knit the coloured stitches and purl the white stitches.
The chart shows k3, p20
Ridges 4 - 23  : Follow the chart, and complete as for square 1.


Square 3

Work as for Square 2.


Square 4
Work as for Square 2
















Unfasten the provisional cast-on and put the stitches on a needle. Join the remaining sides

             by grafting the live stitches to the ends of the ridges of square 4

         or by placing the two pieces right sides together and working through both of them to cast off the live stitches.

If you want to neaten the edges, work along one side at a time and pick up one stitch from the end of each ridge and one stitch from each cast-off stitch. Cast off loosely on the next row.

You can make the borders wider by adding extra rows of garter stitch.


Some suggestions:

Make separate squares and stitch them together in any orientation you want.

Change the size of the triangles by starting with more stitches and working more ridges at the bottom of the chart.

Reverse the direction of the colour divide by working the chart the opposite way round.


It is even possible to use several colours in designs like this (although it is rather more complicated to use several colours at the same time as creating the illusion).  See Shadow Triangle Cushions.


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