Lighthouse Shawl by Lonna Cunningham

Lighthouse Shawl

February 2012
Light Fingering ?
5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette (worked in the round)
1258 - 1640 yards (1150 - 1500 m)
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The shawl represents an old-fashioned light house: the idea it’s intended to convey is let your light shine: be your true self, shine your light for the world to see.

The centre white circle is the Fresnel lens, like the old light house lenses, complete with the circular ridges. Outside that there is a patch of sky showing chevrons that represent the rays of light coming from the lighthouse, then more sky, scattered with stars. The dark blue is ocean with waves formed by extra wraps. The outer seafoam border is bubbly like the little wavelets that reach the shore.

This is a pi shawl and can be knit in any colours, any yarn - though a white, a light blue and a dark blue make sense, it would also work in a monochromatic scheme. Use any weight of yarn and the appropriate needles - you’ll just keep knitting more ocean waves until the finished circle is the size you need.

I used 410 grams of a light fingering yarn that measures 140 metres for every 50 gram ball^: that translates to just over 8 balls, or approximately 1150 metres of yarn (1260 yards), worked up on 4.5 mm needles (US size 7). Of course you should use the needles and gauge that give you the fabric you like: just keep in mind that if you are knitting at a finer gauge, you will need more yardage.

A bit of math on the finished object suggests that you want one part white, five to six parts sky blue, and four to six parts ocean blue.

^ the ball band on my yarn gives this measurement, though the Ravelry database disagrees

Knitters: If you purchased the electronic version of Just Keep Knitting and your eReader is giving you grief with the charts and images, just send a PM and I will provide you with a PDF of the pattern.

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