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Gweneira

Knitting
January 2011
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
710 yards (649 m)
20" x 60", DK or worsted weight yarn
This pattern is available for free.

Nature in any season can be the most amazing artist, starting with the incredible variety of greens in early spring and the brilliant colors of autumn foliage to the stark beauty of winter landscape. Shimmery icicles, like beads, adorn the bare tree branches, which form complex lace against the winter sky and even snow is often sculpted by wind into beautiful shapes. These graceful shapes are the inspiration for Gweneira’s softly flowing cables.

Gweneira, a Welsh name meaning ‘snow white’, is a generously sized shawl worked in a luscious alpaca yarn reminiscent of freshly fallen snow. It is knitted in one piece starting at the outside edge of the cables. A set of easy short rows (no wraps) gives the shawl its crescent shape, which helps the shawl stay in place without the need for a shawl pin. The brushed suri yarn is next-to-skin soft and it feels almost weightless, yet it is warm enough even for the coldest winter day.

The matching Gweneira hat pattern can be found here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gweneira-2

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