Mergellina is a sideways knit triangular shawl that combines the fun of cables with the ease of garter stitch. The shawl is worked from side to side in one piece, with the wavy cabled border knit simultaneously with the garter stitch portion. The cables slant to the right in the first half of the shawl and to the left on the second half of the shawl, which sets them at angle from the diagonal sides. The shawl is reversible: on the wrong side the wavy cables run along the edge. The shape is created by casting on and binding off stitches, which as a part of the cable section create pretty points or “teeth” along the shawl’s edge. Soft, squishy and wonderfully textured, Mergellina is lovely to wear draped around your shoulders or as a scarf.
Please note that the two sides of this shawl are not completely identical. They are close, but cast-on stitches do not look exactly the same as bound-off stitches. Please see the close-up shot of the shawl showing both sides (photo 10 from the top) to see what each side looks like.
Length along top edge after blocking: 57.75 inches or 146.5cm.
Depth from top edge to bottom edge at deepest point after blocking: 23.5 inches or 59.5cm.
YARN USED TO MAKE SHAWL PICTURED
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock 100% superwash merino wool; 420yds/384m per 4oz/113g.; color: Antique Lace; 2 skeins.
Fingering weight yarn, amounts per size similar to amounts listed above for the shawl pictured.
Approximate yardage: 690yds or 630m.
29-inch (or larger) US #6/4mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
1 stitch marker.
22 sts/34 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10cm) in garter stitch AFTER BLOCKING. Gauge is not crucial for this project, however, to get the dimensions of the shawl pictured it is best to obtain gauge.
Casting on stitches with the cable cast on method.
Casting off stitches.
The shawl is worked from side to side, from the right point to the left. The shape is created by casting on stitches and after the center of the shawl by binding off stitches. Instructions are given on how to add extra length to the shawl. When you cast on stitches, you do so at the beginning of the row using the cable cast on method, instructions for which can be found in the pattern, and then work across those stitches when you work the row.