Anakie by Georgie Nicolson


April 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
436 yards (399 m)
one size - 58 inches/147.5 cms from tip to tip and 17½ inches/44.5 cms deep. Easily adjustable to suit yardage.
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Anakie is a shawl that is an exercise in exploration. It plays around with short rows to create an asymmetrical shallow shawl full of stripes, garter stitch movement and angles; a glorious interplay of solids and stripes in an unconventional manner. Knit in 8ply/DK weight yarn, Anakie knits up quickly into a snuggly easy-to-wear accessory that is both a delight to knit and wear. Anakie uses German short rows but your preferred method can easily be substituted.

Anakie is named for a tiny town on the outskirts of Geelong. I’ve always been attracted tot he play on words in the place name and have fancily imagined a town ruled by disorder and chaos (some of the scenes from Mad Max were shot there). This is not the case. Anakie is, however, derived from a local Wathaurong expression “anakie young” meaning little hill.

This is an asymmetrical shawl worked from edge to edge. It begins with a small number of stitches. Increases and decreases are used to create the shape of the shawl as it expands in width. Short rows are used to create movement and interest throughout the shawl.

A spreadsheet to help you keep track of your row, stitch counts and shaping is accessible via your Ravelry download.

One size - 58 inches/147.5 cms from tip to tip and 17½ inches/44.5 cms deep.
Easily adjustable to suit yardage.

Skill Level:

Techniques used:
knit and purl
Increasing and Decreasing
German Short Rows

DK/8ply weight yarn in two colours of 218 yards/200 metres approximately each.

Original yarn is a worsted spun 4ply low micron organic merino.

Yardage is approximate and may vary depending on your knitting style and yarn selection.

Sample shown in White Gum Wool 8 ply superfine merino in Ashmore and Gum Grey.

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