Hongdae by Ashleigh Wempe


December 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1100 - 1200 yards (1006 - 1097 m)
One Size
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I was in the Air Force for almost seven years following college. I was fortunate (although I didn’t feel so at the time as I was a newlywed and my husband was deployed to Afghanistan) to spend a year in South Korea, the “Land of the Morning Calm”. As I reflect upon my year there, falling in love with South Korea, the food, the opportunities, the absolutely astonishing cities and nightlife, I can’t help but hope that I can bring my family there someday.

Hongdae is an extremely fun area in Seoul (especially if you’re college age, and have a passion for drinks mixed with Soju!). The city lights, neon signs, and energy of this neighborhood inspired this funky shawl. I hope you enjoy it!

p.s. If you like the shirt I have on, you can purchase your own here!

Length Along Top Edge: 64” (163 cm)
Depth: 34” (86 cm)

21 sts / 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Garter Stitch using smaller needles (US 6 (4.0 mm)) after a light blocking
Exact gauge is not critical, but because the shawl requires nearly the entire skein of each color, deviation from the gauge will affect the size of the shawl and yarn requirements.

La Jolla by Baah Yarns; 100 % SW Merino; 400 yds (365 m); 115 g (4.1 oz); Fingering Weight

  • MC: “Moroccan Nights” 2 skeins (approximately 770 yds (740 m); 221 g (7.8 oz) needed)
  • CC: “Mountain Meadow” 1 skein (approximately 369 yds (337 m); 106 g (3.7 oz) needed)

Or a similar fingering weight yarn. Choose solid or mostly solid colored yarn that has good stitch definition and select colors that have enough contrast to allow the colorwork to stand out.

US6 (4.0 mm) and US7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, or size to obtain gauge at least 40” (102 cm) long.

Other Notions:
Tapestry needle, waste yarn, stitch markers (25)

Garter tab cast-on, standard increases/decreases, picking up stitches, I-cord bind off, and mosaic colorwork.