Callatis by Andrea Cretu


August 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
3.0 mm
656 - 1094 yards (600 - 1000 m)
When using one cake of 800 meters - 160-170 cm across
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Callatis is the ancient name of a beautiful city on the shores of the Black Sea, currently called Mangalia (from its Turkish name – Mankalya). It used to be a great port and is now a main attraction among the many resorts that line the shore of the Black Sea in Romania.

Go with me on this journey through time, along the shores of a wonderful sea. Use your favorite gradient yarn to make a light and breezy shawl using the easiest technique there is, corner-to-corner crochet.

There are both instructions and a chart, although the pattern is easy enough to be memorized after the second row.

If you are planning on using a cake of gradient yarn, like I did, and you want to make a tassel for the middle, it’s best to either set aside some yarn for the tassel or make it before you begin making the body of the shawl, so the tassel matches the color of the middle corner (I forgot to do it and had to use yarn from the other end and it doesn’t look as nice).

The awesome part about this pattern is that you only need one cake of yarn (if you are using yarn similar to mine), so the project is portable and easy to work on in various circumstances (like most of my other patterns). Once you get going, you don’t need instructions until you run out of yarn and need to add the finishing row, so you don’t need to take the pattern with you or look at it.

If you want to show me your work, use #callatisshawl on Instagram and tag me @yarnadndy.