Penobscot Bay Shawl by Rachel C. Brown

Penobscot Bay Shawl

by Rachel C. Brown
December 2011
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
440 yards (402 m)
variable, depending on yarn weight chosen
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I grew up visiting my grandparents every summer on Penobscot Bay in east-central Maine. The days were full of climbing around on the beach, finding periwinkle shells and mussels, digging in the seaweed for crabs, and watching the ceaseless waves pound against the granite and schist where the rocky land meets the sea. This shawl was inspired by those endless waves.

This shawl is worked from the center neck down to the hem, with multiple increase points, resulting in a pentagonal shape that hugs the shoulders without needing a closure. The prototype was worked in DK weight, angora-blend yarn, but it is designed to work with any weight yarn, in any number of colors. Simply cast on, work until your shawl is as big as you want (or you’re getting low on yarn!), and finish off. Choose a needle size that gives you a nice, drapey fabric - I recommend trying a couple sizes larger then what’s given on the ball band to start. The larger needle is used for binding off the lower edge.

Casting on, knit, purl, yarn over, binding off. The shawl is worked from the top (back of neck) down to the hem, and is adaptable to any weight of yarn and any gauge. This pattern is suitable for beginners.