Ripples shawl by Jane Sowerby

Ripples shawl

May 2013
Lace ?
Tension swatch listed in worked in Jojoland Harmony and recommended needles, meas 7.5cm long and 6.5cm wide.
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1760 yards (1609 m)

“When the tide goes out on the surfing beaches the strong waves leave ripples in the sand, sometimes undulating, sometimes in patterns like long fronds of seaweed or scallop shells. These are actually the result of water draining away from the sand as the waves recede, but they represent also another undersea world of the imagination,” says renowned knitwear designer Jane Sowerby.
“There is in this pattern, not only the rhythm of the waves, but the rhythm of life itself. I find nature a constant source of inspiration and beauty; the ruching of this shawl is the nearest I could get to expressing, in knitting, the ripples in the sand. By using large and small needles alternately, and fine laceweight yarns, though not a lace pattern, this is a good introduction to the use of fine yarn and needles without the addition of a complicated pattern. Knitted in fine laceweight yarn, the ruching created by changing needle sizes adds featherlight warmth and makes this shawl a joy to wear.”

Shawl shown in Jojoland Harmony in the standard set pattern measures 58.5cm deep at centre and 177cm long.
Shawl in Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca/Silk/ Cashmere (purple version) is a customised pattern based mostly on Charts B and E to give a shallower shape. It measures 55cm deep at centre and 164cm long.

Yarn suggestions:
Jojoland Harmony (Laceweight) 2 balls (shown in HC03 Sandstorm)

Old maiden aunt Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere (Laceweight) 1 skein (shown in Bramble)

Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace (Laceweight) 1 skein

Malabrigo Silkpaca (4ply weight) 2 skeins

Alchemy Haiku (Laceweight) 2 skeins habu A-32, A-32-B, A-32-D or A-73 1/12 Silk Mohair Kusa. These are all the same fibre/ yardage but are dyed differently.