10 March 2015


Numinous Shawl pattern by Katya Frankel

I'm on a bit of a stash cleansing/using-up spree. Nothing drastic, but I thought now is as good time as any to use up all the odd balls and skeins that were sitting in a box for a while. It seems that for somebody who doesn't have a stash problem I still have an insane amount of yarn that doesn't have a plan. These are mostly sock and lace skeins; as it turns out that's what I mostly magpie at shows and yarn shops. That's how Numinous was born,
I picked up a skein of that pale blue and just started knitting. It wanted to become a shawl but there wasn't enough of it. About half way up to what seemed like a good size for a triangular shawl and another rummage through the sock-weights some other leftover blue caught my eye and so the shawl got diluted with stripes until I run out of the pale colour. There were still a number of tries with lots of weighing up the yarn in between to get the size and the width of it right [I only had the partial balls of both to play with after all]. 
Numinous Shawl pattern by Katya Frankel
I ended up casting off in pale blue in the prototype, and I do like it even though it wasn't intentional because in a way it adds to the the stripe theme of its body and the edging.
Numinous Shawl pattern by Katya Frankel
So, after finishing the prototype, I've cast on for the final sample to make sure no one runs out of yarn towards the cast off :-) You do get two sizes to choose from for your shawl, the smaller one is based on the blue model that's smaller and uses up about 5/8 to 3/4 of each skein and the larger one is the more generous that uses up about 3/4 to 7/8 of a skein. George of The Yarn Garden has very kindly dyed a [custom] order for me to knit the sample that's a little more variegated in the centre and is full of faint specks of different shades.
Numinous Shawl pattern by Katya Frankel

You can see it quite well over here.
Numinous Shawl pattern by Katya Frankel
Before I move on to listing all the pattern info, there's some exciting news to share. If you're in the UK you know that Edinburgh Yarn Festival is coming up, I'll be helping out at the Yarn Garden stall at stand H6, so if you are going, make sure to pop round and say hello! We're taking some new kits with us, including the one to make this shawl and the latest hat pattern.
Numinous Shawl pattern by Katya Frankel
The pattern:
Numinous shawl is worked from the top down as a traditional triangle; to shape it stitches are increased at either edge of the shawl body and centre spine on every Right Side row. After the shawl is completed, the lace edging is worked perpendicularly to its body.
  • Skill Level Intermediate [on the easy side] – knit, purl, lace, simple decreases and increases, and finishing.
  • Finished Measurements Wingspan 55 (59) in / 140 (150)cm and 22 (25) in / 56 (63.5) cm deep at its widest point. Body only: wingspan 43 (47) in / 109 (119.5)cm and 16 (19) in / 40.5 (48)cm deep. Shown in a larger size – Purple sample and in a smaller size – Blue sample.
  • Yarn One skein of each Yarn Garden UK Shingle Oak (100% Superwash BFL 100g / 437 yds / 400 m) in Rosa Lulu’s Minuet (main colour) and Beauty of Moscow (contrasting colour). Substitute with approximately 2 skeins of 100 g / 437 yds / 400 m of fingering weight yarn that knits to the specified gauge.
  • Gauge 18 sts and 34 rows = 4 in / 10 cm in Stocking stitch worked using 4mm (US6) needles, measured after light blocking. Adjust needle if necessary to get the correct gauge. Lace edging measures 6 in / 15 cm wide worked using 4.5mm (US7) needles, after blocking
  • Needles & Notions Size 4mm (US6) long circular needle. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge. Size 4.5mm (US7) long circular needle. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge. Stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins and/or wires.

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