Dancing with Bears
Where will your ursine guide lead you … on a midmorning romp or a full moonlight bacchanal? Either way, you’ll fit right in. This crescent-shaped shawl has a simple garter stitch ground. And my own stitch pattern, inspired by the classic bearclaw pattern, forms the border. (Enjoy the playful picot claws!)
Not too primitive. Not too refined. Just right.
Construction: Knitting begins with the picot cast on and border and is worked flat (lots of stitches, not so many rows), with short rows shaping the garter-stitch crescent. You’ll appreciate the smooth transition - no awkward angles! - where the border meets the body.
3 Sizes: S (M, L) measuring 18 (20, 22)” deep mid back by 71 (80, 89)” long from tip to tip across the top. Shown in size M.
Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (worsted weight) in Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), Eden (100% merino) or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed); 125 m / 137 yd per 50 g / 1 3⁄4 oz skein: 5 (6, 7) skeins. Shown in Angelic bone.
Dancing with Bears can also be made using a thinner or thicker yarn; use a needle size that creates the desired fabric and work a smaller or larger size to compensate for the difference in gauge.
Needles: Size US 7 (4.5 mm) for garter, 8 (5 mm) for border and bind off, and 9 (5.5 mm) for cast on only. Circular needles are recommended to accommodate the large number of stitches: 474 (540, 606) sts on longest row.
Notions: Stitch markers.
Skills used: Picot cast on (explained), simple lace knitting (the only stitches used are ssk, p2tog and yo).
Pattern includes: Written instructions, border stitch pattern in both written and charted formats, schematic.