Caretta Beach by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

Caretta Beach

Knitting
February 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Garter, firmly blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
875 - 1422 yards (800 - 1300 m)
small- 110 cm / 43”; medium- 130cm / 51”; large- 150 cm / 59”
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Inspired by the beaches where turtles hatch from nests in the sand above the shoreline. Trails of slipped stitches and yarnovers across a textured garter stitch beach mark the baby turtles’ journey down to the shore. The wavy sea is made using variations on “Old shale” lace.

The shawl is worked from a garter tab cast on in 5/8 ths of a circle, a very wearable shape. There is a choice of three sizes, made by increasing the lace portion. For a different look the shawl can be made in a single colour of yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm / US size 4 needles for working flat. 80 cm / 32” minimum circular suggested.
4.5 mm / US size 7 needles for bind off only.

Yarn:
Small: 200 g total, sock / 4 ply / fingering weight yarn, 420 m per 100 g.
Two colours- 100 g of MC, 100 g CC.
Medium: 250 g total, sock / 4 ply / fingering weight yarn, 420 m per 100 g.
Two colours- 100 g of MC, 150 g CC.
Large: 300 g total, sock / 4 ply / fingering weight yarn, 420 m per 100 g.
Two colours- 100 g of MC, 200 g CC.

Shown in A little bit Sheepish British Bluefaced Leicester / nylon sock yarn; 75% wool, 25% nylon; 420 m per 100 g; in MC- “Ceres” and CC- “Oceanic”.

Notions: Tapestry needle, 22 stitch markers (suggested 12 in one colour / style, 10 in a different colour / style), blocking pins and wires.

Skills: Provisional cast on, working flat, knit, purl, increases, decreases, lace knitting, changing colours (stripes), weaving in ends, blocking
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Gauge: 26 stitches and 22 rows over 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch after firm blocking. Exact gauge is not critical with this project but different gauges will affect yardage requirements and size.

Sizing: Pattern gives instructions for a 5/8th circle shawl with a diameter of small- 110 cm / 43”; medium- 130cm / 51”; large- 150 cm / 59”.
Sample shows large sized shawl knit in two colours.