Eureka Shawl by Katalin Beth

Eureka Shawl

November 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Garter
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1094 - 1203 yards (1000 - 1100 m)
One size: large. Fingering yarn will result in a smaller shawl.
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The many, nostalgic stories of families travelling to the Australian goldfields in search of a better life, near my hometown in Bendigo, was the inspiration for the Eureka Shawl. Here you see the long stretch of garter, of toiling under grey skies before striking it rich with the undulating waves of Shale stitch, in flowing veins of creamy quartz and old gold – that Eureka moment!

Cosy, large and warm, the Eureka Shawl knit in either DK or fingering yarn, will wrap you in warmth and lift your spirits as you brave the chill winds of the cold season.

The Eureka shawl is semi circular, knitted top down with an Icord Tab and almost entirely in garter stitch. This simple variation of the traditional Shale Border is easily memorised, while the long sweeps of colour will keep you interested and fascinated - just like panning for gold!
To add appeal, the Knitted-on Edge in garter stitch, creates an attractive and elegant finish.

Pattern support is given through charts and written instructions. YouTube tutorials are available for the following techniques: Provisional Cast On, Icord Tab, Cable Cast On and the Knitted-on Edge, making this a treasure trove of easy learning and information.

YARN: Approx meterage/yardage, DK: 1030m/1130yds; Fingering: 742m/810yds

(MC) BWM Stellar DK 50% Wool / Bamboo (400m/437yds per 200g ball) - 2 balls. Sample shown in Moonstone used 490m/536yds

(CC1) BWM Classic DK 100% Wool (400m/437yds per 200g ball) – 1 ball. Sample shown in Magnolia used used 260m/285yds.

(CC2) 4 Seasons Entwine DK, 100% Wool, (168m/100g ball) – 1 ball.
Sample Shown in Gold, used 120m/132yds.

(CC3) BWM Classic DK 100% Wool (400m/437yds per 200g ball) – 1 ball. Sample shown in Pampass, used used 260m/285yds.

OR use any DK weight yarn in 100% wool, but please check meterage/yardage.

Fingering yarn: MC: 338m/370yds; CC1 174m/190yds; CC2 120m/130yds; CC3 110m /120yds.

NEEDLES: 5mm /US 8 and 4.5mm/US 7 circular needles (length: 100cm) for DK yarn: 4mm/US 6 and 3.75mm/US 5 circular needles (length: 100cm) for Fingering.

NOTIONS: 4mm crochet hook and 18”/45cm of scrap yarn for Provisional Cast On, 14x stitch markers, darning needle to weave in loose ends.

GAUGE: (DK yarn)13 sts x 26 rows = 4”/10cm in Garter stitch using 5mm needles after blocking. 16 sts x 29 rows = 4”/10cm in Shale stitch using 4.5mm needles after blocking.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: (DK) Wingspan 84”/213cm, depth 30”/76cm. (Fingering) Approximate wingspan: 152cm/60”, depth: 55cm/21”.

Pattern has been tech edited and test knitted using various yarns: DK, Fingering and handspun yarn.