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When designing this shawl, I wanted to do something a little different with the body shaping; I combined short rows and decreases to create a shallow half-circle shape that’s interesting to knit whilst also being very easy to wear. The border features a symmetrically-centred cable based on one of my favourite Celtic knots – the sinuous lines remind me of rolling waves, perfectly suited to the marine hues of this yarn.
Also included is a larger semi-circular version of the shawl (not pictured), which features body shaping using only decreases.
Originally published in the Edinburgh Yarn Festival companion magazine Wool Tribe, in March 2016.
Size S [Size L]: pictured; shallow half-circle with short-row shaping [not pictured; large half-circle with decrease shaping].
Length of neck edge: 60˝/(152 cm)
Depth: 10˝/(25 cm)
Length of neck edge: 56˝/(142 cm)
Depth: 20˝/(51 cm)
25.5 sts and 34.5 rows to 4˝/(10 cm) in stocking stitch
1 repeat of Chart B/Chart D measures approx. 6˝/(15 cm) wide by 3.5˝/(9 cm) high (measured at slipped st edge) after blocking
- 410 yds/(375 m) [860 yds/(786 m)] of 4-ply/fingering weight yarn (Size S sample shown in Ripples Crafts Quinag Bluefaced Leicester ‘Stormy Seas’ [100% Bluefaced Leicester, 437 yds/(400 m) per 100 g]
- 3.75 mm/(US size 5) needles (or size needed to obtain gauge); long circulars recommended for body section
- Cable needle
Skills requiredIntermediate level. Skills required include:
- Provisional cast-on
- Cabling (some on WS)
- Picking up and knitting along an edge
- Basic lace
- Short rows (size S only)