Saltmarsh is inspired by the mud and salt marshes around the Colne and Blackwater estuaries that meet at Mersea Island in Essex. This area of bleak tranquility is home to a great variety of wildlife, from wading birds to moths and samphire, but this design draws on the patterns left in the mud as the tide recedes.
Saltmarsh uses both knit and crochet to create texture. Firstly, the aran-weight base is knitted in the round, then this is overlaid with an easy crochet lace pattern in 4ply. The long version can be wrapped twice around the neck. Both versions can be worn in a number of ways, either to show the lace or the smooth side, or twisted to combine the two.
Knitting - cast on, stockinette st in the round (every round k), cast off
Crochet - ch, dc
This pattern uses UK crochet terms
17cm(6¾ins) wide and 70(130)cm or 27½(51)ins in circumference
You will need approx 155(280)m (MC) in aran yarn and 150(275)m (CC) in 4ply
Tools and equipment
5mm (US 8) circular needle, length 40(80)cm
3mm (US D/3) crochet hook
2 removable stitch markers
Knit tension using aran yarn and 5mm needles = 18 sts and 28 rounds to 10cm (4ins) measured over stockinette stitch.
Crochet tension using 4ply yarn and 3mm hook = four 6chsp and 12 rnds to 9cm (3½ins) measured over crochet pattern.