Caladenia Shawl by Ambah O'Brien

Caladenia Shawl

February 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1150 - 1200 yards (1052 - 1097 m)
One size
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When I decided to create a mystery knit along, I reached out to dyer Terina from Love & Speckles yarn and asked if she would create a yarn set for me based on several of her existing colourways. She kindly obliged and the resulting palette reminded me of the Australian Spider
orchid, one of the Caladenia orchid family.
I began by drawing these spectacular flowers and let the shawl design evolve from there. Caladenia is an adventurous project, combining short rows, mosaic and lace to create a mysterious garden full of flowers and foliage. Learn some new techniques along the way and create a gorgeous shawl you’ll take great pride in wearing.

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace and mosaic sections.

Originally designed with 5 clues released over May 2021, Jana from the Purl together podcast teamed up with us to create helpful tips and tricks videos to share along the way.

I also teamed up with Terina of Love and Speckles who has created three beautiful yarn kits, each with a 3 and 4 skein option for you to choose from. There’s Ambah’s Garden - the kit I used, pictured top, plus Terina’s night and Jana’s Hike.
Find the kits here.

Wingspan: 102”/255 cm
Depth: 22.5”/56.5 cm

Fingering weight yarn
Choose between 3 or 4 colours
It is important that C1 contrasts strongly against C3 (or C2 if using 3 colours)

C1: 400 yd/366 m
C2: 200 yd/183 m This can be a softer contrast to C1
C3: 200 yd/183 m This needs to be a strong contrast to C1
C4: 400 yd/366 m

C1: 400 yd/366 m
C2: 400 yd/366 m This needs to be a strong contrast to C1
C3: 400 yd/366 m

Shown in
Love and Speckles, Singles, (fingering weight, 100% Superwash Merino, 400 yd/365 m per 100 g), 4-colour Caladenia Shawl Kit - Ambah’s garden, C1: Polly, C2: Apple, C3: Black Tulip Magnolia, C4: Moss

US 4/3.5 mm and US 6/4 mm needles, or size required to obtain gauge

2 stitch markers and optional extra stitch markers for pattern repeats, tapestry needle

23 sts and 44 rows = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch on smaller needles, blocked.
23 sts and 48 rows = 4”/10 cm in mosaic stitch on larger needles, blocked.

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