Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love by Jennifer Dassau

Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love

May 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in K3P1 Rib
US 7 - 4.5 mm
240 - 495 yards (219 - 453 m)
S (L); approximately 42 (60)" length and 16 (25)" depth
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Who doesn’t want to stir up a little love? This triangular shawl begins with many stitches and an enticing ruffle, then decreases the stitch count by 2/3 before the body begins. Strong ribbed lines lead to the top, with optional beads added for glamour. The reversible stitch pattern is bewitching from both sides, all in the service of love. The hotter and stronger, the better!

Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, beading (optional; prestrung and crochet hook methods, with link to tutorial), decreasing. This pattern is both written and charted, and includes links to my grafting and beading tutorials.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino; 150 yards/50g; 2 (4) skeins. Size S shown in Cumparsita with beads, and using about 240 yards; size L unbeaded, shown in Redwood Bark and using about 495 yards. The Silky Merino becomes very drapey when blocked, which is essential for achieving a straight top edge, as the body of the shawl is ribbed and the wings must be pulled up to avoid a point at the middle of the top. For a similar result, choose a single ply yarn with significant silk or other non-springy fiber content.

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (4); Size 6/0 large hole seed beads 422 (982), optional; 1.25 mm crochet hook for placing beads; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 28 rows/4” in K3P1 Rib, after gentle blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

Thank you to my lovely test knitters, and my wonderful tech editor Kate Vanover.