Aurora Australis by Melinda VerMeer

Aurora Australis

October 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
450 - 465 yards (411 - 425 m)
60" Wide x 16" High
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Aurora australis, the aurora borealis’ southern counterpart, form over the South Pole and most often visible in a bright green light that can take the form of fluid swirls in the night sky. These swirls became the inspiration for this shawl.

The design begins at the neck with a basic garter stitch shawl body that creates a gradual semi circular shape. With the body of the shawl completed, the sideways knit swirling lace border is seamlessly incorporated. If you dread the idea of binding off hundreds of stitches after finishing a shawl, this design is for you! When done, you have just 3 selvage stitches to bind off!

While gauge is not critical to the design, it is important to keep in mind the shawl was designed to use the majority of a single skein of Madelinetosh Eyre Light. If your gauge is slightly looser, you run the risk of running short of yarn (sample used 405yards/100g of 465yards/115g skein). Stitch gauge listed is over garter stitch after blocking and given some time to relax.