Botany Bay by Georgie Nicolson
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Botany Bay

Knitting
November 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch (blocked)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
672 yards (614 m)
One size - 50”/127cm x 29½”/75cm
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Botany Bay is an exploration in de-construction. From a classical triangular beginning, this shawl morphs into an unusual shape that sits surprisingly well on the body. The flattening out of one wing makes for less volume when flung around the neck, minimising that excess fabric you’re never quite sure what to do with. The rhythmic knitting of stripes and simple eyelets is interspersed with a repetitive lace to create interest and movement.

Worked in linen, this is a whisper-light shawl designed to drape rather than wrap, to shade rather than snuggle; making it the perfect weight for the warmer weather or climate.

Construction:
This is a deconstructed triangle-shaped shawl. It begins with a Magic Garter Tab and traditional triangle-shawl shaping. Then one of the increases is removed to create an asymmetrical shape.

Lace is both charted and written.

Sizing:
One size - 50”/127cm at the longest edge, 34”/86.5cm deep.

Skill Level:
Intermediate

Techniques used:
Knit and purl
Increasing and decreasing
Magic Garter Tab
Working from charts
Lace
Changing colours

Yardage:
fingering weight yarn in two colours of approximately 336yd/310m each.

Original yarn used, Quince and Co Sparrow, is an organic linen yarn with a 4 ply structure.

Sample uses Birch as the Main Colour and Lunar as the Contrast Colour.


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