cochineal by ash alberg
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cochineal

Knitting
December 2017
Light Fingering ?
28 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in over slips section, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
880 yards (805 m)
long edge: 39” (99cm); short edge: 31.5” (80cm)
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i never get tired of seeing what magic gets pulled out of my natural dye pots. one of my favourite dye materials is cochineal, which are actually tiny little bugs that grow on cacti. they have a sweet smell, made even sweeter when you grind them by hand for the dye pot, and create the most beautiful range of pinks. i knew i needed to create a pattern that did them justice. designed with easy peasy garter and slipped stitches, this asymmetrical triangular shawl is the perfect project to carry along to social gatherings. and you’ll never get tired of people’s faces when you tell them just what those yarns are dyed with!

needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

yarn: 880 yards (805 metres), 181g of fingering weight yarn
sample shown in sunflower knit’s mermaid hair (50% wool/50% silk, 549 yards 502 metres, 100g) x 1 skein in cochineal AND sunflower knit’s rumpelstiltskin (65% silk/35% linen, 437 yards 400 metres, 100g) x 1 skein in cochineal

notions: tapestry needle

gauge: 28 stitches x 44 rows = 4” (10cm), over slips section, blocked