Little Meg Shawl by Helen Stewart

Little Meg Shawl

by Helen Stewart
March 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
360 yards (329 m)
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The ancient fields of Cumbria are scattered with fragments of time-worn buildings and monuments. Many layers of history have been laid down here, and these remnants hint at the stories of the people who lived here long ago. Some of the most mysterious ruins of all are Cumbria’s prehistoric stone circles. Whether they were once used as ritual sites, waymarkers, or for some other purpose we can never know, today they are places of wonder.

The Little Meg is named after one of Cumbria’s smallest circles, which lies just a few miles from the village where we gather for Curious Handmade Country House Retreats. Humble as Little Meg may be, she has endured since the Bronze Age, and her magic is intact. One of her stones is carved with graceful symbols: spirals and circles within circles.

This triangular shawlette was created for the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat in March 2018, using the magical Canopy Fingering from The Fibre Co. Designed to be ideal retreat knitting, the design is simple: eyelets dotted across a field of stockinette stitch, just like the standing stones of Cumbria’s moors. Wrap the shawl around your shoulders, and the circle is complete. A crisp garter border provides an elegant finishing touch.