Bioluminescence by Laura Patterson


July 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in lace stitch, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
325 - 500 yards (297 - 457 m)
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This gorgeous yarn sparkles like the night skies, so when looking for a name for it, I looked toward the skies, at the innumerable things in our solar system and the distant reaches of space. It occurred to me suddenly that the sky isn’t the only thing that sparkles at night. Millions of tiny little lights glimmer in our seas, too. One of my favorite things to do when SCUBA diving at night is to turn out my light, and in the total darkness wave my arm through the water. The thousands tiny creatures living there, normally invisible to the naked eye, sparkle in return. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

The construction of this shawl is simple: it’s knit from the lace edge up, then shaped into a crescent with garter stitch short rows. However, eight of the wrong-side rows include lace manipulations. These wrong-side lace rows aren’t too bad to do, but make sure you count right!

Finished size outer lace edge width x center height:
47.25 x 5.5 (54.5 x 5.5, 61.5 x 5.5, 68.75 x 5.5) inches
120 x 14 (138.5 x 14, 156 x 14, 174.5 x 14) cm

Yarn: Fingering weight; 325 (375, 425, 500) yards.

Skills: k2tog, ssk, p2tog, p2tog tbl, YO, s2-k1-p2sso, short rows.

Notions: Stitch markers are optional; yarn needle.

Difficulty: Intermediate-difficult.

Stitch patterns: Charted included in main instructions. Written instructions are in second file, to be downloaded separately.