Morbihan by Marijke van der Horst


November 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
850 - 900 yards (777 - 823 m)
One size
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This shawl takes its name from the Morbihan region in the south of Brittany, France, where the photographs were taken. In the Breton language the gulf that gave the region its name is called ‘Ar Mor Bihan’, which means ‘the little sea’. What better name for a shawl with a lace pattern that looks like waves lapping the sea shore?

Pattern notes
Morbihan starts with just three stitches and gradually flares out into an asymmetrical triangle. The body of the shawl is made up of alternating stocking stitch and lace sections. The stitch pattern used for these lace sections as well as the wide border is the easy-to-knit all-time favourite Old Shale.

Almost any fingering weight yarn with about 440 yds/400 m to 100 g will work. You’ll need a total of approx. 880 yds/800 m/200 g. The pattern includes a tip about making the shawl shorter or longer in case you have a little less or more yarn.

Suggested yarn
1 skein of Lang Yarns ‘Puno’, shown here in colour 88.

Needles & notions
3.5 mm (US 4) knitting needle(s) (circular or straight, whichever you prefer); 5.0 mm (US 8) knitting needle for bind-off; tapestry needle; blocking wires; T-pins.

26 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”) in stocking stitch with smaller needle after blocking.

Finished measurements
170 cm (67”) wingspan along top edge x 71 cm/28” width at widest point.