Close To You by Justyna Lorkowska

Close To You

by Justyna Lorkowska
June 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch worked flat
US 6 - 4.0 mm
399 yards (365 m)
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One day, while I was planning my trip to a yarn festival, my husband asked me to get him some undyed yarn while there. “Hope he doesn’t destroy it”, I thought. You know… all that money could be spent at some booth with pretty skeins. I did get him the yarn in the end. And he started studying a lot about acid dyes and temperature, and pH levels (he’s a nerd!)… and then he showed me his creations.

I immediately fell in love and was slightly shocked to see that my own husband can dye yarn. Soon the flat became flooded with colorful skeins and he created his own Martin’s Lab Yarn.
(How cool is that?)

“Why are you doing that?”, I asked.
“To be close to you”, he replied.

…and this is how this shawl was born.

Designed to use just one skein (or more, it’s easy to adjust) of any gorgeous handpainted yarn to make a shawlette for someone who’s close to you too!

If you’d like to try some of the handpainted skeins created especially for this shawl, feel welcome to head over here.

Check out more of our collaborations here: Tied Knots and Sonder.

This simple but stylish shawl is knitted from one end with gradual increases to form a triangular shawl which is fun to knit and easy to wear. The zigzag border with eyelets gives it a nice touch and makes the knitting interesting.

One: approx. 166cm/65.25” wide and 38 cm/15” long at center spine.

1 skein of Bouncy Merino by Martin’s Lab (100% high twist merino; 366m/399y per 100g). Shown in colorway Montezuma.

4.0 mm/US #6 circular needle (80 cm/32” long).

1 stitch marker, tapestry needle for weaving.

17 sts and 44 rows = 10 cm/4” in Garter st measured flat after wet blocking.
The gauge isn’t crucial on this project, but differences will affect the finished size as well as the required yardage.

A big thank you goes to our fellow knitters for translating the pattern into many languages. Hanapaimen, Handzik, Emmacr, Alice281, Fetimka and Mnet75, thank you!