Impressionists Shawl by Helen Stewart

Impressionists Shawl

March 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
one size
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“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people”
- Edgar Degas

When you stand in front of an Impressionist masterpiece, what do you see? Quiet vibrancy, indistinct edges, and clear warm light. The richness of ordinary moments captured in glimpses: this is the true magic of the Impressionists. They chose subjects from their everyday lives and lifted them up exactly as they saw them, beautiful even in their imperfection. Somehow, by showing us how much there is to celebrate in a fleeting glance, they invite us to look deeper. The Impressionists showed us what they saw, but left room for our imaginations as well.

Our creative work as knitters also grounds us in the same sensory experience of each moment: colour and shadow, softness and weight. The mystery of making, whether you are laying down brushstrokes on a canvas or knitting yarn together stitch by stitch, remains the same.

One Size
Finished Measurements
Approximately 213cm (84”) diameter across top edge
56cm (22”) neck to bottom edge
Voolenvine Yarns; Nouveau 100% superwash merino;
365m/400yds per 100g skein
, 3 x 100g skeins,
A: Solstice
B: Curious
C: Thaw
Actual amounts used for sample in a fingering weight
single ply yarn:
A (Light): 65g/237m/260yds
B (Medium): 85g/310m/340yds
C (Dark): 90g/329m/360yds
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size
to obtain gauge)
Tapestry needle
21 Stitch markers
1 removable pin or stitch marker