Salish Sea by Catherine Knutsson
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Salish Sea

Knitting
September 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
425 - 700 yards (389 - 640 m)
Four: shallow/small, shallow/large, deep/small, deep/large
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Names are important. Names tell us who we are, how we relate to others, and, in the case of place names, how that place came to be. In Canada a person can tell if the founders of a community were French (Montreal, for example), or British (Vancouver or Victoria), or First Nations (Toronto and Winnipeg). But sometimes names hint at something deeper, something more important. Until 2008 the bodies of water between Vancouver Island and the Canadian mainland were known as the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca - references to a British king in the first instance, and the rumoured “discoverer” of the area in the second. But in 2008 something important happened: the Strait of George and Strait of Juan de Fuca names were abandoned, and replaced by the name the Salish Sea, honouring the First Nations peoples, who have lived and cared for these ecologically important bodies of water since long before explorers “found” the west coast of Canada.

The Salish Sea shawl is a crescent shaped shawl that features a wave-like lace pattern inspired by sunrise over the Salish Sea, and an arrowhead lace border. The pattern contains three sizes, with both charts and line-by-line written instructions. The dark blue shawl was knit with Robin & Wren’s Rainbird organic fingering in the Stormy Weather colourway. The gradient shawl was worked in Hilori’s Magical Yarnorium’s QBasic (colour: Brandon Winter Fair). Both are a size Small.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Sizes (see schematic for letter references)
Small: A: 80”/203 cm B: 18”/46 cm C: 106”/269 cm
Medium: A: 88”/224 cm B: 22”/56 cm C: 110”/279 cm
Large: A: 102”/259 cm B: 27”/69 cm C: 127”/323 cm

Gauge
Sunrise Lace: 15 sts and 25 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) on 3.75 mm (US 5) knitting needles, aggressively blocked.
Arrowhead Lace: 12 sts and 12 rows = 4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) on 3.75 (US 5) knitting needles, aggressively blocked.

Yarn Requirements
Small: 400-425 yards/366-389 metres of fingering weight yarn
Medium: 525-550 yards/480-503 metres of fingering weight yarn
Large: 725-750 yards/663-686 metres of fingering weight yarn

Needles

  • 3.75 mm (US 5) knitting needles, straight (at least 14” long/35 cm) or circular needle
  • 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles, straight (at least 14” long/35 cm) or circular needle

Notions

  • pins, wires, and a mat for blocking
  • tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
  • optional: 2 st markers for marking edge/increase sts

Many thanks to eledixon for tech editing this pattern!