My Sister's Braids by Victoria Burgess

My Sister's Braids

April 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
828 - 872 yards (757 - 797 m)
One size
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This shawl was inspired by the beautiful yarn of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers and the deep friendships I’ve been blessed with in the knitting community. The yarn’s turquoise colors remind me of the earth, our connection to it, and where we come from. Sharing our stories with each other has become as precious as any gemstone.

My Sister’s Braids is a top-down, triangular shawl with intricate cables on a bed of reverse stockinette. The purl side is the Right Side (RS) and the knit side is the Wrong Side (WS). The increases happen on the WS so you can easily increase on the knit side of the fabric. A larger cable acts as the center spine of the shawl, while smaller cables radiate out from the center and are added as the shawl grows. Ribbing trims the bottom and tassels are attached at each point.
There is a checklist chart included in the pattern to help keep the shawl’s pattern rows, the cable pattern rows, and increases clear.
The cable patterns are both charted and written.

Finished Measurements: Wingspan - 58”/147cm, Center Depth - 26”/66cm.

Yarn: Worsted Weight - 828 yards/757m, 380g/13.4oz.

Suggested Yarn: The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers, Squish Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino: 218 yards/200m per 100g/3.5oz skein. 4 skeins in the colorway Heartbreak Hotel.

Suggested Needles: US 7/4.5mm 32”/80 cm circulars recommended for shawl and US 9/5.5mm 32”/80 cm circular recommened for bind off edge. Use the needle size you need to obtain gauge.

Notions: You will need 30 stitch markers: 6 Edge markers in a distinct color, 4 Center markers (these need to be the removable kind) in a distinct color, and 20 RT cable markers in a distinct color. You will also need a cable needle, tapestry needle, cardboard and a crochet hook for tassels. Blocking mats/pins/and wires are helpful, but not required.

Gauge: 19 sts and 31 rows in 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch.

Difficulty Level: Suitable for intermediate knitters who are proficient at the following skills: knit and purl, increasing and decreasing, long tail cast-on, garter-tab cast-on, and cabling.