Canal Grande by alfa knits

Canal Grande

December 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1094 - 2187 yards (1000 - 2000 m)
large and small
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Everything about this shawl makes me think of Venice. Venezia, the canal grande, the colors of the laguna. The chevrons look like the images of the palaces reflected in the Canal Grande. They even remind me of the beautiful handpainted papers that are made in a multitude of tiny workshops in Venice.

The chevron stitch pattern is very easy, ideal for mindless TV or travel knitting and it is a great way to use up stash yarns. All the fun comes from choosing the next color. And don’t worry, only 2 ends need to be woven in (at the cast on and the bind off edge). A technique to weave in ends as you go is included in the pattern on page 4. Two sizes are included in the pattern: a large shawl/wrap and a smaller shawl. After blocking the shawl grows dramatically. The sample was about 136 x 75 cm (53½ x 29½”) unblocked. After soaking and leaving to dry it grew in lenght to 190 x 75 cm (75 x 29½”).

Illustrated instructions on how to work the in- and decreases and a technique to weave in ends as you go are included in the pattern.

large shawl (blocked) : 190 x 75 cm / 75 x 29½”
smaller shawl (blocked): 190 x 49 cm / 75 x 19¼”

What you’ll need
leftovers of fingering / 4 ply
Yardage depends on width and length
large shawl (as pictured)
± 2000 m / 2200 yards
smaller shawl
± 1300 m / 1450 yards

4 mm (US 6) circular needle or straight needles
tapestry needle

2 kind of markers:
- large shawl: 10 black markers and
11 pink markers
- small shawl: 8 black markers and
9 pink markers

fingering / 4 ply
The gauge is not crucial but will affect the width of your shawl

gauge of the sample
20 sts and 30 rows in stockinette stitch and blocked = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)