Refracted by Jennifer Dassau


October 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
540 - 1150 yards (494 - 1052 m)
64” length and 20” depth
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Stitches refract at a central point, interrupting the line of a stripe and sometimes becoming another stitch pattern entirely. Worked in a combination of solid, stripe and slipped stitches, this garter shawl begins at one tip and grows asymmetrically on the bias in two halves simultaneously, with patterns which diverge at the center.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, slipped stitches. Instructions are fully written, with charts also provided for the slipstitch and stripe sections.

Size: 64” length and 20” depth, customizable.

Yarn: Dark Harbour Yarn Starboard (70% superwash merino wool, 30% silk; 438 yards/400m/100g); 1 skein each MC and CC, shown in Great White and Arthur Kill, respectively. The sample as written used approximately 315 yards MC and 225 yards CC of fingering weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch marker (1); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 24 st and 32 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

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