Braving the Elements by Elizabeth Felgate

Braving the Elements

Knitting
October 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
573 yards (524 m)
see notes below
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Some things are a joy to knit; for me, this shawl was that project.

I designed this for braving windswept shores and swaddling babes against the chill. This large heart-shaped shawl is generous enough to work for a multitude of purposes and has a wide enough wingspan so that it wraps right around you and doesn’t slip straight off. Stand on a clifftop and let the wind blow your hair into streamers; steal through damp and misty woodland; or just sit with it on the sofa and let it be a lap blanket while you wait out the worst of the weather. It’s also a quick enough knit to give as a gift to someone weathering emotional storms.

Pattern contains
Pattern is fully written out and also has charts.

Sizes
As written produces a shawl with a drop of 1m (39 in) and a wingspan along the curve of 2.2m (7ft 4in). It is designed to be easily re-sizeable.

Needles:
6.5mm (US 10.5) circular needle with a long cable or needle that gives you a fabric you like (I actually used a 5.5mm but am a very loose knitter). No reason you can’t do this on long straights if you can manage the weight.

Gauge:
gauge is not critical: gauge in stockinette is approx 15sts to 10cm/4in

Skills required:

The lace is easy with right side patterning only. All yos follow a knit st.
increasing
decreasing

Ability to read your knitting and some previous lace knitting experience will be helpful. Without these skills this pattern will be considerably more challenging.

If you have not previously blocked (stretched out) a piece of lace knitting you will find it helpful to research this subject before blocking your shawl, as blocking is essential for this piece.

Notions

tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Yarn and yardage
I used New Lanark Donegal aran tweed (90% wool 10% silk) in colorway Blue Lovage. 325g, 3.25 balls, 524m (573yds). You could substitute any aran weight or heavy worsted yarn with a majority natural fibre content . This design can also be knit in worsted or DK yarns with an attractive result, although you may wish to allow extra yardage to work additional repeats.