Refractious Pattern, PDF

Lead designer: Elizabeth Elliott

Refractious showcases the tonal and textural variation between different yarns and fibres. Cima combines with alternating bands of Koan and Tweed Silk Cloud for a soft, drapey fabric with subtle shadow stripes.



Shibui Knits Cima

70% Superbaby Alpaca 
30% Fine Merino
328 yds / 50 g
4 skeins

Shibui Knits Koan

70% Linen 
30% Mulberry Silk
248 yds / 50 g
3 skeins

Shibui Knits Tweed Silk Cloud
65% Silk
35% Kid Mohair
190 yds / 25 g
4 skeins

Shown in Crete 


19 sts & 31 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle with Cima held together with either Koan or Tweed Silk Cloud, worked flat and blocked.
Exact gauge is not essential, but differences in gauge will affect size and yarn requirements.

Needles & Notions

US7/4.5 mm 14 in/35 cm straight needles or 20 in/50 cm or longer circular (or size needed for correct gauge)

US6/4 mm 14 in/35 cm straight needles or 24 in/60 cm or longer circular (or one size smaller than gauge needle)

Yarn Needle 

Cable Needle (optional)


One Size

Finished Dimensions

21.5 in/54.5 cm x 83 in/211 cm (length and width adjustable)  


Refractious is worked flat from end to end with an integrated i-cord edge running along each side. This edge is formed by slipping the first and last three stitches of each right side row. To keep the edge tidy, it helps to gently tighten the first purl stitch of each wrong side row and the first knit stitch (i.e., the fourth stitch, the stitch after the three slipped stitches) of each right side row.

The main yarn, Cima, is used throughout the wrap, carried with Koan and Tweed Silk Cloud in alternating bands to form the shadow stripes.


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