Blue Caterpillar Shawlette by Kelli Slack

Blue Caterpillar Shawlette

August 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
44 inches by 22 inches
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Errata: Row 1 in Chart 1 has an asterisk in the wrong spot. It should read: Row 1: yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, * k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo,* repeat from * to * as needed across row, k2, yo

“For some minutes it puffed away without speaking, but at last it unfolded its arms, took the hookah out of its mouth again, and said, ‘So you think you’re changed, do you?’” ~The Blue Caterpillar, Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

When I first conceived of this shawlette, I was not thinking of the Blue Caterpillar. As my shawl grew and the stitches swept from my needles, I began to think of it more and more. As a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, so too does our yarn into a beautifulshawl. This shawl is just as questioning as that Blue Caterpillar beginning with one pattern, making its way into steady stripes, and once again into 2 different stitch patterns before it reaches the end.

Both written and charted directions are included in this pattern. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1 Kit Mountain Colors Crazyfoot Perspectives, 450 Yards, 100% Superwash Merino, Teals

Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm) Hiya Hiya steel circulars or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch (spi) and 7 rows per inch (rpi) OR 24 stitches & 28 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: 44 inches from tip to tip, 22 inches from neck edge to point

To alter the size: Add or subtract repeats of the chart OR adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the length of the shawl as needed.