Claire's Shawl by Amanda Gill

Claire's Shawl

June 2008
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1900 - 2100 yards (1737 - 1920 m)
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Inspired by the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon, this shawl pattern is written for lace, fingering and sport weight yarn. Knitter’s Choice! (Samples: Blue was knit with Malabrigo Yarn Lace and red was knit with Dale of Norway Tiur.)

The center looks like waves and represents both the literal ocean and the figurative ocean of time, both of which are crossed numerous times throughout the book series. The first border pattern is called Horseshoe Lace, which brings to mind horses and Jamie. But, this pattern also looks like rolling hills or mountains-- the landscape of the Scottish Highlands. The last two border patterns are a Celtic knot motif and Thistle Leaves, together symbolizing Claire’s wedding ring. Finally, the points of the knitted edging stand around the perimeter of the shawl, representing the circle of standing stones.

Finished Measurement: about 60” square in all yarn weights

Lace weight yarn: 2100 yds
Fingering weight yarn: 2000 yds
Sport weight yarn: 1900 yds

29” circular needles in the size you need to get a fabric you like with your yarn and stitch pattern. For most knitters this means using US4 to US6 for lace weight, US6 to US8 for fingering, and US8 to US10 for sport.. You may wish to also have a 40” circular toward the end.

Eight stitch markers.