Flashing Sea by Karalee Harding

Flashing Sea

January 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in seaspray (garter eyelet) pattern, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
437 - 500 yards (400 - 457 m)
one size (63 x 13 inches), but easily adjustable
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This pattern is part of the Sun and Fog Winter 2021 Collection, which includes nine ocean-inspired accessories from Northern California designers, each of which can be made with 100g of yarn or less.

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Yarn & pattern kits featuring Ecola Fine are available from Sea Change Fibers by The Dye Project

This shawl is inspired by the soothing rhythm of ocean waves, the invigorating energy of their spray, and the delightful sparkle of sunlight on the sea.

The waves are represented by cables undulating along the upper and lower edges of the shawl, while eyelets scattered across a garter stitch background suggest the sparkling spray.

Its name is taken from the second verse of the “Hymn of Joy,” written by Henry van Dyke for Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” melody:

All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
blooming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

Construction and Yarn Requirements: The shawl is shaped as a wide shallow triangle, worked sideways from one end to the other by casting on a small number of stitches, gradually increasing to the halfway point, then decreasing back to a small number of stitches before binding off. As an optional finishing detail, buttons may be added to each end of the shawl so that the ends can be fastened up (using any of the eyelets as buttonholes) and the shawl worn as a cowl.

Though the original sample is worked in a light fingering weight yarn with 500 yards in 100g, the shawl is easy to adapt for other weights of yarn and/or less yardage. The pattern includes instructions for making adjustments to suit the available yarn (with the aid of a digital scale). Also included are details of the samples worked in other yarn weights. Just 100g of any yarn from light fingering up to worsted weight will make a wearable shawl or shawlette; more yardage will yield a larger shawl.

This pattern contains both written and charted instructions. Tech edited by Lisa Beth Houchins.

Thanks to Sarah of Sea Change Fibers by The Dye Project for yarn support.