Picabeau by Jennifer Dassau
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February 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
one size; customizable for varying yardage
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Picabeau is a swoosh-shaped shawl, with asymmetrical construction that first increases and then decreases in a gently curved shape. The diagonal construction is highlighted by regular rows of YOs that swoop across the shawl and create visual movement. One luscious skein is all that is required for this versatile and wearable accessory; instructions are given to make the shawl using any amount of yardage.
Please note that blocking is important to encourage the crescent shape, as the two ends do not exactly mirror each other due to the asymmetric construction.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, picots.

Size: customizable; sample measures approximately 60” along bottom curve and 8” center depth, after blocking.

Yarn: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Caper Sock (80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 400 yards); 1 skein shown in Light Teal. Sample used 348 yards; instructions are given to adjust for different yardage.

Other Materials:
US 6 (4mm) 24” circular needle; Yarn needle.

Thank you to my lovely test knitters, and my wonderful tech editor Kate Vanover. For questions or to show off your shawl, please visit my Ravelry group The Knitting Vortex.