EM Spectrum Shawl by Love, Aly

EM Spectrum Shawl

August 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in Htc
4.0 mm (G)
600 - 800 yards (549 - 732 m)
One Size
both US and UK
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From 23rd August 2020 - 23rd September 2020, 20% of all sales from this pattern will be donated to Stonewall UK for their work supporting and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community.

Lover of physics? Then this pattern is for you…

A rock n’ roll crochet wrap based on the Electromagnetic Spectrum. An advanced beginner asymmetric triangular shawl pattern worked in ‘waves’ to create the illusion of
the electromagnetic spectrum to include a contrast band of across the centre to mimic the Visible Light section of the spectrum..

This pattern was designed with women working the STEM fields in mind. Show off your artistic ability alongside that juicy brain power!

PS- This pattern is twinned with the Shawl Us Your Pride shawl which excludes the surface crochet. You do not need to purchase the other pattern as they are one and the same.

Garment Specifics
Construction: Asymmetric triangular shawl worked in
rows, with a 7-colour contrasting band in the centre to
represent visible light. Surface crochet to mimic the
Yarn: DK with surface crochet in an Aran weight yarn in a contrasting colour.

500 - 700m / 540 - 750 yds DK Yarn in Main Colour (MC)
22m / 24yds DK Yarn in each of 7 different colours: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
4mm crochet hook
For EM Spectrum Shawl ONLY: 5m / 5 yds Aran Yarn in Accent Colour

I strongly suggest using stitch markers to help you with stitch placement, particularly to identify the increase/decrease side of the shawl and surface crochet.

This shawl is asymmetric.
Blocking your shawl, as explained within the pattern, will ‘sharpen’ some of the increase and decrease points.
How curved the end result looks depends on how tightly you complete your ch2’s on the increase/decrease side (as explained within the notes section). The more tightly you crochet these ch2’s the harder it will be to block the shawl straight, and a curve will form.

Due to the nature of this stitch, it is stretchy and so end measurements may be different depending on how enthusiastic a blocker you are. All fibres have a certain level of elasticity within them, hence sizing is given as an approximation. In the Finished Size section above, I have given the finished sizes of my prototype shawl both blocked and unblocked but be aware that testers sizes ranged from 65” - 67” inches across after blocking.

Eagle-eyed Scientists!
Yes, you are correct, the rainbow of my spectrum is reversed! As I am offering two patterns, and only had enough yarn to make one shawl, I sacrificed the scientific accuracy of this pattern.
The scientists amongst you will have realised that the rainbow should start with Violet (on the left hand side of the shawl) and progress to the Red side where the longer wavelengths begin. Feel free to make your shawl however you want to, and please forgive my scientific faux-pas! Please be aware: I have not changed the colours within the pattern and they follow my scientific blunder.