Columella by Maddie Harvey


March 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17.5 stitches and 29.5 rows = 4 inches
in knit flat, in stockinette stitch, on 3.75 mm / US 5 needle, after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1148 yards (1050 m)
177.5 cm / 69.25” x 59.5 cm / 23.25”
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Columella: the term for the central spine of a mollusc shell. Shells like these usually spiral to the right (dextral) but some spiral to the left (sinister).This is known as chirality, and this idea of direction, and change of direction, is the inspiration for this design.

This design is one of the 9 modern, minimalist patterns featured in Issue 1 of our new Making Stories Magazine.

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177.5 cm / 69.25” x 59.5 cm / 23.25” (Columella is a large parallelogram wrap-style shawl)


Cambrian Wool 4ply (100% wool; 150 metres / 164 yards per 50 g)

1050 metres / 1150 yards

Sample shown is knit in colourway Arian 04.


3.75 mm / US 5 circular needle with a cable length of at least 80 cm / 32” (or needle size to obtain gauge)


17.5 sts x 29.5 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (knit flat, in stockinette stitch, after blocking)
19.5 sts x 28.5 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (knit flat, in garter rib, after blocking)


• Blocking tools (blocking mats, t-pins, blocking wires)
• Darning needle
• Stitch markers in two different colours (two of each


• Photography, Hair & Make-up: Melinda Dela Costa
• Model: Petra Cohrs
• Tech Editing: Marina Skua
• Test Knitting: Ally, Borghildur, Emily, Janet, Julie