Swirligig by Jennifer Dassau


December 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 - 700 yards (549 - 640 m)
112" length and 18" depth
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An elongated, asymmetrical, swirling shawl that uses two colors, and simple knit, increase and decrease stitches to achieve a striking shape. Cast on with 3 stitches at one corner, Swirligig grows asymmetrically on the bias; adding stitches to each triangular section, while at the same time shifting the triangles by increasing and decreasing on a bias tilt. The garter stitch wedges are set off by swirling lines of YOs, and a matching line of YOs finishes the long edge.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit, increasing/decreasing; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a stitch count table.

Size: 18” deep at larger end and 112” long on outer edge, after blocking; Swirligig forms a spiral shape narrowing from one wide end to the other pointed end.

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% superwash merino, 395 yards/100g); 1 skein MC and 1 skein CC, shown in Logwood (MC) and Ginger (CC). As written, this shawl uses approximately 380 yards of MC, and 295 yards of CC.

Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle; Stitch Markers (8); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

Thank you to my lovely test knitters, and to my wonderful tech editor Kate Vanover.

For questions, or to show off your shawl, visit my Ravelry group The Knitting Vortex.