Aegean Sea by Julia Riede

Aegean Sea

March 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
394 - 492 yards (360 - 450 m)
one size
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This shawl is constructed by knitting a vortex (cornucopia) shawl and its mirror image. The two pieces are joined during knitting the center panel. It features cables along the border, and a cabled center panel.

The idea to construct a Faroese shawl using a vortex shape as basis was born during a flight from Thessaloniki (Greece) to Berlin, Germany.

To be honest, originally I thought the result would be more of a crescent shape (I blogged about the process here and here). This shawl shape design process is a textbook example of how to f*ck up but in return create something even better instead: A new method for knitting Faroese shaped shawls without the annoying, design-disrupting increase rows.

I purchased the yarn for the sample shawl shown in the pictures straight after we got off the plane in a small yarn shop in Berlin Kreuzberg (Needles & Pins? Pins & Needles? Can’t remember) and cast on an hour later, on our way home by car.

Of course I had to choose blue yarn to reflect the color of the Aegean Sea we had left only hours earlier.

Okay, enough stories ;)

Finished size
63 x 47 in (160 x 120 cm) after blocking

You can use any Aran weight yarn (or even DK) as long as the resulting texture appeals to your fancy. If unsure, knit a swatch using part of the center chart to find out.

This pattern is not suitable for beginners. The construction method alone is not very complicated but the combination with the cabled borders needs a bit of knitting experience. If you experience problems or need assistance with this pattern please contact anytime. We’re happy to help!