Woman Must Make Her Own Arrows by Larissa Brown
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Woman Must Make Her Own Arrows

May 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, see notes
US 4 - 3.5 mm
800 - 1000 yards (732 - 914 m)
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While this design is not a mystery, it will be an adventure!

Instructions for the design are coming out in five steps in August & early September. All 5 steps are now live.

Conversation thread here! http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/larissa-brown--knitting-de...

This design has been in my notebook for over two years, and is close to my heart, because it is a companion design to my novel So Wild A Dream.

Working on the book and saving gorgeous images along the way, I have wanted to create a shawl that begins with triangles and then turns them upside down and sideways to create arrows in all directions.

I’d like to share the process with many of you who want to take your own path to creating a one-of-a-kind work of knitted art that is also a beautifully wearable shawl. For a long time, I’ve been thinking about the concept of providing knitting recipes, rather than line-by-line designs. This will be a test of that idea, as well as a test of this particular recipe.

“A man must make his own arrows” was a phrase I first saw on a t-shirt my husband wore, I have to admit, though I found later that it is attributed to various Native American tribes as a proverb to live by.

What this “pattern” will be like/skills needed

This is a recipe-in-progress, and you’ll receive instructions for general steps, shaping, several possible stitch patterns, and edging. This is not a line-by-line pattern.

You should have a sense of adventure and some strong basic skills, such as knitting top-down triangles, working various increases and decreases, and mostly the ability to make choices based on loosely described steps. It helps to have a knitting friend who may be able to answer questions, and to use free online videos for techniques you want to incorporate.

Yarn Requirements

You will need several colors of fingering weight yarn in coordinating or complementary colors. Plan on two full 400+ yard skeins, plus scraps or miniskeins to add up to 800 to 1000 yards. How you use color and stitch patterns will be completely up to you, within the structure of the shawl shape.

I am using Dragonfly Fibers Djinni in several colors, with Winter Woods and Spooky as my main colors.

Gauge Suggestion 20 sts = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch, or a gauge you like based on the drape you get with your yarn. Gauge is suggested but does not need to be exact

Stay tuned for more! And to find out more about my books, visit me at www.LarissaBrown.net