Derecho by Laura Aylor


July 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
695 - 1170 yards (636 - 1070 m)
small, large
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A derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. One of these storms hit here in the eastern United States while I was working on my second knit of this pattern.

A triangular shawl knit modularly in two directions to produce a pattern of interconnected stripes. Two circular needles are used to knit on one side at a time while keeping the other side’s stitches live.

Skills required:
• Increasing
• Slipping stitches
• Picking up stitches from slipped-stitch edges (see tutorial)

• Small - 51” wingspan, 22” deep
• Large - 66” wingspan, 32” deep

Yardage details (by color value):
Small version (695 yards total):
• Light - 195
• Medium - 370
• Dark - 130
Large version (1170 yards total):
• Light - 390
• Medium - 340
• Dark - 440

Note: If you are using Tosh Merino Light or another yarn with 420 yards/skein for the largest size, you may be able to get by with just one skein of the dark color by leaving off the last stripe on section 7 and then making the border in the medium color instead of the dark. (This is to keep from having a stripe next to the border that is the same color.) You will need about 35 more yards of the medium to do this.

Large sample (first photo) knit in madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Onyx, Luster, and Charcoal. Small sample (fifth photo) knit in madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Onyx, Tart, and Smokestack.