Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 4 - Zennor by Diana Bensted

Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 4 - Zennor

by Diana Bensted
February 2018
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
1 stitches and 1 row = 4 inches
in tr
1 yards (1 m)
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This shawl has been quite a challenge to design, and has gone through several forms before settling on this one! Zennor is a very small village/parish in Cornwall, it has one pub, one church and many myths including mermaids and fairies - and this shawl looks like a mermaid tail until the decreases! The picture above is Zennor Quoit a stone formation quite near. I have a second version of this shawl named after it!

The Zennor Shawl, is worked in 1 part, with increases at each side and a large decrease in the middle. Although the pattern takes many pages, once you get going there is a lot of parts that have a satisfying rhythm. Just after halfway through, the increases continue on one edge and stop on the other, resulting in a narrowing back to a point. It is similar in shape to the knitting ‘Find your Fade’ shawl by Andrea Mowry. It is best to do quite a bit of counting on this shawl, just so that you know that the eyelet sections work.

You will need 2 skeins of 4ply yarn at least 365m each, if you have yarn has more meterage, then Great! I have collaborated with the lovely Marie at MintBee yarns for Zennor, with two gorgeous luxury combinations, Click here for her shop. Her yarns are soooo luxurious! Wool, mixed with fibres like alpaca, cashmere and Yak! I have chosen quite distinct colour contrasts to make the most of the stripes, but of course you could choose something more subtle!

The originals use skeins in two slightly different yarn bases, both with some silk which give them a similar feel. You can choose to have the same base for both colours.
Both are a 4ply/fingering weight- The purple version is in BeeOpulent - 60% Superwash(SW) Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Yak, 100g/366m in ‘Cadbury Girl’ colourway contrasted with BeeScrumptious 80% SW Merino and 20% silk with a high twist 100g/365m in colourway ‘Ella’

The green version is BeeOpulent in a semi solid Green (unnamed) colourway, and BeeScrumtious in ‘Jingles’

Although tension is not as important for shawls, because the yarn has 365/366m there is the potential to run out of yarn. Work your tension swatch in the same way as the first shawl over tr st. To make your swatch, make more stitches than you need for 10cm, so for 4ply chain 30, tr in the 3rd ch from hook and make 1tr in every chain along (28st) turn and ch 2 for the turning ch, work 1 tr in each st along the row, continue in rows of tr stitches until you have 12 rows. Then measure. This will mean that you avoid the edges where tension can vary!
If you have more rows/st than below, then you will need to increase the size of your hook, if you have less rows/sts, then you will need to go down a hook size

For 4ply using a 4mm hook you should get approx.
11 rows / 21 treble crochets before blocking

The Zennor Quoit shawl is a bit of a bonus for subscribers! It is based on this pattern, but has been created in a Scheepjes Whirl, which being a ‘gradient’ yarn changes colour for you, so the stripes are formed by eyelet rows.
The Whirl is a fingering/4ply weight, it is guaranteed to have 1000m, the weight varies between 200 and 220g. It is 60% cotton and 40% Acrylic, Tension with a 3,5mm hook is approx 11 rows / 19st