Duwamish by Rebecca Prosser


February 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 9 - 5.5 mm
630 yards (576 m)
One size - 147cm/58in measured along wingspan 63cm/25in measured down deepest part of triangle
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Inspired by Nancy Bush’s Estonian lace motifs, Duwamish is a gorgeous triangular shawl with an all over lace pattern and no central spine. The lace is surrounded on all three sides by a simple garter tab border. Duwamish knits up quickly in a heavy worsted weight yarn and, when finished, feels like wrapping yourself in a warm hug.

I named this scarf after the people who have lived for millennia in the Puget Sound, WA - the Duwamish. My adopted city of Seattle was named after the Duwamish Tribal Chief to honor his incredibly generous friendship with the first European-American settlers here.

Despite being signatories to the original treaty with my government, the Duwamish Tribe has been engaged in a 40+ year legal battle for federal tribal recognition. Federal recognition can mean hunting and fishing rights, land allotment, and funds for housing, healthcare, education, and cultural programs. More importantly, federal recognition is an acknowledgment of the continued existence of the tribe.

Not only are the Duwamish Tribe and it’s people still here, they are still fighting, still speaking, and still caring for this land. Together with the Duwamish Solidarity Group, they created an innovative way for people currently living in the Puget Sound to stand in solitdarity with them, called Real Rent Duwamish. For more information about the Duwamish Tribe and Real Rent Duwamish, please check out their websites at: www.duwamishtribe.org & www.realrentduwamish.org

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

15% of all sales of Duwamish will be donated to Duwamish Tribal Services