Bear Hug Shawl by Merethe Naas

Bear Hug Shawl

March 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
503 yards (460 m)
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I will donate 100% of all pattern sales to Wildlife Victoria until Sunday, January 26th.
The devastating fires in Australia have been at the forefront of my mind for such a long time. The statistics are staggering…a billion animals killed, human lives lost, houses destroyed, 25+ million acres burned, and on and on. It’s hard to grasp and I’ve been trying to think of a way that I can give some much needed help.

So, I’ve decided to take all of my pattern sales, from the next two weeks, and donate them to Wildlife Victoria. This organization is a not-for-profit charity who finds help for sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife. They don’t receive any government funding…they completely rely on donations.

This is where you come in. From now until Sunday, January 26th I will donate 100% of all pattern sales to Wildlife Victoria. I’m super excited about this and the possibility of making a difference, even if it’s a small difference. And, it’s not just me…your generosity will be felt, as well.

As knitters, we are a caring group and always willing to help, in whatever way we can. I encourage you to share this and spread the word, which will help make it possible to send as much money as we can to this wonderful charity.

Please visit my pattern page, naasknits, on Ravelry. I thank you, in advance, for helping make this a success. I will post the amount that we raised, after the 26th.

A special friend of mine was struggling in her life and I wanted to be there to support her. She lives far away from me, so it wasn’t possible just to stop by and give her a friendly bear hug. Then I came up with the design “Bear Hug Shawl”. The cables in the midsection represent
friendship, love, and support.

The Bear Hug Shawl is worked from the neck down. It is an easy and quick, two skeins knit, worked in garter stitch and a cable pattern to make it squishy and comforting. Each right side row increases by 4 stitches, and each wrong side row increases by 2 stitches. An i-cord bind-off makes the edge stable so it will not roll up. Video-tutorial included.

Needle: US size 7 / 4,5mm, 32” / 80cm circular needle. A long circular needle is recommended in
order to accommodate a large number of stitches.
Yarns Used: Approximately 460m / 503yds Enchanted Forest Fiber, Merino DK Natural, 100%
superwash merino wool, in the color “Bear”, 115g = 230m / 250yds per skein.
Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows = 4 x 4” / 10 x 10cm in Garter stitch unblocked. Gauge is not crucial
for this project.
Final Measurements: Depth 16,5“/ 42cm. Wingspan 68,5“/ 174cm.
Notions: 4 stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle.

Special thanks to Lisa Beth Houchins for tech edit the “Bear Hug Shawl” pattern, a huge thank you to my wonderful testing team!

Note from a knitter:
“I LOVE this project! I cast on last evening and it is really going fast! I have completed through Row 24 and it is absolutely stunning. This is my first real cable project and it causes just a tiny bit if anxiety, but each row is easier.”