Sprite's Fen Shawl by Helen Stewart
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Sprite's Fen Shawl

Knitting
Lace ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
one size

Ethereal. Enchanting. Unexpected.

This is the second shawl in Season II of The Shawl Society.

Sprite’s Fen KAL
The mini KAL with run from 1 June to 6 July 2017.
There will be some gorgeous prizes from Seven Sisters Arts and Julie Asselin for randomly selected entries posted in the FO thread by the 6th of July!

Blithe, wise, and sparkling with vitality, sprites play with the power of elemental forces. Their task is to animate nature, to take lifeless matter and breathe joy into it. They watch over the forests of earth, dance on the winds and sing through fire, but the most famous sprites of all are the water sprites. Some rule the oceans as sirens, others frolick in fresh water springs and pools as naiads and nymphs, but a few choose quieter waters, making their homes in shallow marshes and fens.

The idea of an animating spirit taking up housekeeping in a peaceful wetland is not as strange as it may seem. Beneath the surface, these are rich, fertile, often-overlooked scraps of wilderness. The Sprite’s Fen Shawl honours the breath of life that runs through the apparently calm waters of a fen. A generous semi-circular shape, it is rich with texture and interest. Garter ripples and streams of eyelet bubbles alternate with the gentle waves of of a beautiful, deceptively simple lace stitch. The pattern is written to work with fingering-weight or lace-weight yarn, giving you plenty of options for a lovely, lightweight summer shawl. Choose a lovely gradient to reflect the shifting shades of water under light, or go with a rich solid to call the mind the still waters which run deep beneath the water lilies. With a sprite’s passion for colour and beauty, it’s hard to go wrong.

Guarded by a loving sprite, a fen works its magic as a place of safety and refreshment for small living things. It is a nesting spot, where new life can dabble in the shallow water and the shelter of reeds. It is also where water, tainted by its travels through the mundane world, is filtered and cleansed by an intricate lacework of roots. There is a thrill to be found in this quiet alchemy, something we discover again with each new project we attempt. A fistful of yarn becomes a treasured object. A grey afternoon becomes a cherished interval of stitching and dreaming. As knitters and makers, we know the sprite’s joy in taking something that is purely potential and transforming it into something full of life and love.

Being a part of the Shawl Society is all about opening yourself to the joy of surprise, the warmth of community, and the pleasures of creativity.

The Shawl Society Season II is the second incarnation of the magical pattern subscription club that caught so many knitters’ imaginations last year.

Purchase the mystery collection here

SPRITE’S FEN SHAWL INFORMATION
SIZE
One size (Samples were knit in lace weight and fingering weight yarns, producing different finished measurements.)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Lace weight
Approximately 117cm (46”) across top edge
56cm (22”) neck to bottom edge

Fingering weight
Approximately 127cm (50”) across top edge
64cm (25”) neck to bottom edge

YARN
Lace weight
Julie Asselin Merletto 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk; 732m/800yds per 115g skein,
1 x 115g skein,
Colourway: Birch

OR
100g of lace weight yarn totaling approximately 640m/700yd (actual yarn used)

Fingering weight
Seven Sisters Arts Matrika
Fingering 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk; 365m/400yds per 100g skein,
Varigradient set: 3 x 100g skeins,
Colourway: Water Garden

OR
210g of fingering weight yarn totaling approximately 770m/840yds (actual yarn used)

NEEDLES
Lace weight
3.75mm (US 5), 80/100cm (32/40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

Fingering weight
4mm (US 6), 80/100cm (32/40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

NOTIONS
Tapestry needle
Medium safety pin

GAUGE
Lace weight
22 sts/38 rows = 10cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking

Fingering weight
19 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking

When you join The Shawl Society, you again access to six incredible months of mysterious shawl patterns to knit with your fellow members. Participation in The Shawl Society also opens up a world of secret codes, exclusive offers from boutique yarn producers, members-only pop-up sales, and luxurious KAL prizes. Other important membership benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • Close-knit camaraderie
  • The thrill of anticipation
  • The particular glow you get from a really good secret

Every month for six months, you’ll encounter a new secret shawl pattern, delivered right to your Ravelry inbox on release day. The six designs which make up Season II range right across the spectrum of shawls, with a beautiful mix of shapes, sizes, techniques to challenge and delight you at every turn.

Each shawl will offer you a brush with everyday magic: from simple, breezy knits easy enough to deliver you into daydreams, all the way to more challenging adventures which absorb your attention and usher you into a state of flow.