16 June 2014


Cove Bay [Ravelry link] is the name of the new shawl pattern, many thanks to Karie Westermann for coming up with such a fitting one. I had to go and google it, Cove Bay is a suburb to Aberdeen and is noted for its grey granite and seemed particularly fitting with the silky marbled yarn that I used for it.

Cove Bay shawl pattern by Katya Frankel

The shawl is knitted from the top down beginning with only a few stitches and a 'wandering' centre spine that flows into the lace edging. Aside from the centre lace part, the body is worked in Stocking stitch and the pattern is quite rhythmic and very easy to memorise as you get into the repeat flow. 
Cove Bay shawl pattern by Katya Frankel

The lace edging is designed to continue from the body lace seamlessly and further into the mesh at the very edge of the shawl. It is knitted using Yarn Garden Burr Oak in Nitida Eucalyptus. which is a silk and BFL blend yarn with 400 m / 437 yds to a 50 g skein. The wingspan measures about 47 inches / 119.5 cm and it is 17 inches / 43 cm deep at its widest point with very light blocking. If you wanted to make the shawl a little bigger, the mesh pattern can be continued until you run out of yarn and is rather easy to carry on as set by the pattern.
The lace edging stitch pattern is both charted and written out in a row by row instructions for your convenience. I do prefer to work lace following a chart, personally, but I know that some people like it spelled out and I always try to accommodate both schools if it makes sense.
Cove Bay lace shawl pattern by Katya Frankel
  • Skills - knit, purl, lace knitting, simple decreases and increases, and finishing.
  • Finished Measurements Wingspan 47 in / 119.5 cm and 17 in / 43 cm deep at its widest point.
  • Gauge 18 sts and 30 rows = 4in / 10cm in Stocking stitch worked using 3.75mm (US5) needles measured after light blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge.
  • Yarn 437 yds / 400 m of 4-ply or sock weight yarn. The sample was made using 1 skein of Yarn Garden UK Manna Ash Sock (50% Superwash Merino 50% silk, 100g / 437 yds / 400 m) in Nitida Eucalyptus. The yarn amount may vary depending on the weight and type of the yarn you are using.
  • Needles and Notions Size 3.75mm (US5) long circular needle. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge. Three stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins and/or wires.

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