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sister syster

Knitting
June 2014
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in main slipped stitch motif
US 4 - 3.5 mm
875 - 902 yards (800 - 825 m)
200 x 45 cm (78 x 18 in) – variable
This pattern is available for €5.00 EUR buy it now

Sister Syster is available at a discount until the end of Unwind Brighton festival (14th July)
Regular price: €5

This shawl was inspired by the yarn, Milburn from Eden Cottage, a lovely blend of Bluefaced Leicester and silk, spun and dyed in the UK.

It is also inspired by Unwind Brighton and the nearby Seven Sisters, albeit too late in the day to make it for the Unwind KAL…

Still, if you do manage to knit Sister Syster and present it at the Eden Cottage stall during Unwind you’ll receive a skein of Milburn yarn.

The shawl…
Like sisterhood, it’s not entirely uncomplicated – Sister Syster goes sideways and increases toward the centre, before tapering off again.

The sample shawl is elegantly elongated, but the shape is easy to change. (Suggestions are given for how to knit a shorter and/or wider shawl.)

Sister cables envelope the textured grid of the body, holding things together throughout, until the very end where they merge.

There’s a nice, intuitive rhythm to it all. After a repeat or two you’ll be able to knit with abandon without need for charts or written instructions – both are there of course.
As are photo tutorials for the unusual beginning and end, and other little helpful things.

Who needs seven sisters? One syster will do! 1

Size: Adjustable!
The sample is approx 210 cm x 45 cm (82 in x 18 in)

Yarn: Any fingering or 4ply you like

Needles: 3.5 mm (US4) circular needle + a cable needle

Tension: 16 sts by 16 rows in main stitch pattern = approx 6.5 cm by 5.5 cm (21/2 in by 21/4 in)

Yardage: 800 m (can be made smaller with less yarn)

Photos: the last two photos show the nicely textured reverse side


  1. Syster started as a hommage to Seven Sisters with undulating edges reflecting the glorious outline of the Seven Sisters, a stone’s throw from Unwind Brighton and a landscape I know well from countless walks.