15 November 2011

The polka dot shawl


It is no surprise that when you submit something to a magazine it takes around a year from the time you start fleshing out the idea and matching a yarn until knitters see the pattern go live. One of the perks of self-publishing is meant to be a very quick turnaround, which sometimes is true but not always. It took well over a year for this pile of squishiness to see the world.

The shawl starts in the centre and is worked out towards the curved edge with the pattern simultaneously shaping the shawl. When the full depth is reached, shawl wings are drawn out with short rows and the long edge is then finished in short row garter by working one tooth at a time.



Size
Shawl's depth is 18in / 46cm as measured between the outer edge and the centre point;
The wingspan is 60in / 152cm
Yarn
2 balls of JC Rennie's Supersoft 4ply, substitute with approximately 525 yards (480 m) of 4ply/Fingering weight yarn.
Needles and Notions
US 6 - 4.0 mm circular needle, stitch markers and tapestry needle.
Gauge
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in Stocking stitch
Difficulty
Intermediate: Stocking and garter stitch, yarn overs, short rows, simple decreases and increases and finishing


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