Venomous Tentacula by Jennifer Dassau

Venomous Tentacula

Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
150 - 800 yards (137 - 732 m)
variable, depending upon yardage
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This garter stitch shawl is knit sideways and features an unusual tentacular edging of openwork, and optional beads. Venomous recalls Harry Potter’s Venomous Tentacula, a green, spikey plant with mobile vines that grab living prey, aggressive shoots that expel venom, and a poisonous bite. The sideways edging is made by repeatedly binding off and casting on stitches, creating a pattern of holes. Any yarn and any amount may be used; see Designer’s Notes to ensure a symmetrical shawl and to prevent running out of yarn.

Techniques Used: knit, increasing/decreasing, cable CO, backwards loop CO, beading (crochet hook method).

Size: 50” wingspan and 20” depth; tentacular edging is approximately 6” deep. The size may be customized to use any amount of yarn.

Other Materials:
US 6 (4mm) 24” circular needles, or size to match gauge; Stitch marker (1); Size 1.15mm crochet hook, for placing beads, optional; 120 size 6/0 seed beads, optional – this number will change if using more or less yardage; Yarn needle.

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

A clarification regarding Row 3:
When binding off 7, you will use 8 stitches, with the last remaining on the righthand needle. This remaining stitch is the first in the next series of K3 - thus technically you will only knit 2 more stitches, then begin binding off again.