Bear Hug Shawl by Merethe Naas
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Bear Hug Shawl

Knitting
March 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
503 yards (460 m)
One size
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BREAKING NEWS!!! from indy-dyer Enchanted Forest Fibers! Read her message: The yarn for this, DK Merino and DK Merino Natural, is flying out of the shop. Guess what? Teddy Bear in DK Merino is finally back. “If you’re wanting to start your Bear Hug Shawl, go on into the shop and grab some. Feel free to let me know what you are looking for. I’m happy to create something special for you because this pattern was created especially for me and represents the friendship of our community and how we reach out to each other in times of trouble” Here is the link:

www.etsy.com/no-en/shop/EnchantedForestFiber

What inspired me? 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.

Materials
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.”