Biophilia by Mary-Anne Mace
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Biophilia

Knitting
November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
0.75 mm
541 - 547 yards (495 - 500 m)
One (plus instructions for a larger size and mods)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Biophilia is a term used to describe a hypothetically innate human tendency to feel an emotional attachment to the natural world. The idea that human wellbeing is utterly dependent upon our positive interactions with the natural world and its biological diversity makes conservation of the planet’s ecological systems imperative. This decades old theory is even more relevant today as we continue to transform the planet in our quest for perpetual economic growth.

This shawl, Biophilia is a part of the Sustain the Sea collection. It is a free pattern, and yet it is not free. I ask that you consider your relationship with the natural world around you, and how your activities impact upon it. Is there something you can do to reverse environmental degradation from your home, in your community? I ask that you actively do something, and continue to do something that benefits the environment. To be effective, conservation and protection of the Earth’s resources and ecosystems must be adopted in the home, and then spread outwards through workplaces, schools, boardrooms, and government departments via policy makers, educators, parents, conservationists, writers, idealists, you and me. From the home to the sea – while environmental degradation may seem an insurmountable by-product of human activity – together we are many. Together we are so many, many people – ourselves a huge, diverse, and imaginative repository of information, solutions and actions that can benefit the environment, our relationship to it, and ultimately our own wellbeing.

Biophilia is a top-down crescent shaped shawl that represents my own connection to and affection for the natural environment.. The motifs represent filament strands of entangled seaweed billowing in the ocean currents. Beads are worked at the edge and drip from each picot point.

The pattern has both written directions and charts.
Lace is on RS rows only. WS rows are purl except where a double or quadruple yarn over requires a knit stitch.
You will require approx 495 metres of fingering weight yarn (or additional length for laceweight yarn) and 245 size 6 seed beads
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