Boom! by Plays With Fibre


January 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
273 - 328 yards (250 - 300 m)
Sample measures 180 x 30 cm / 70 x 11.8” at widest points.
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Boom! is a very simple asymmetric boomerang shawl, knit in garter stitch with increases and decreases. The shawl was designed with the intention of displaying a colour gradient in handspun yarns, prepared from commercially blended tops, but could be used with any commercial yarn. It would be ideal for variegated or gradient yarns.
The basic knitting instructions could be used with any thickness of yarn & appropriate needles, to make any size shawl desired.

The pattern also includes instructions on the fibre preparation used to spin the yarn for version 1. The sample was knit in yarn spun from Wingham Wool Works merino blend in Giggleswick.

Version 1

Size: Wingspan 180 cm / 70”. Depth 30 cm /11.8” Yarn: 300 metres / 330 yards aran weight yarn. This sample uses handspun yarn, made using 150g of Wingham Wool Work’s merino tops in Giggleswick. Gauge: 14 sts & 34 rows per 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch Needles: 6mm or size needed to achieve gauge.

Version 2

Size Wingspan 98 cm / 38.5”. Depth 17 cm / 6.5” Yarn: 88 m / 96 yards of chunky weight yarn. This sample uses handspun yarn made using 114 g of hand dyed tops Gauge: 12 st & 26 rows over 10cm / 4” in garter stitch Needles 7mm or size needed to achieve gauge.

Pattern updated March 2020 with clearer instructions; including advice on two different sizes of shawl using two different yarns.
Errors spotted in instructions for row 2: this should end with a ‘K1’ that was omitted. The pattern has now been updated; file name ‘boom! 18.03’ is the most recent version.