Pelagic Shawl by Susanna IC

Pelagic Shawl

April 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3059 yards (2797 m)
81" wide and 38" tall at point
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Inspired by the rugged beauty of the northern European landscapes and Baltic Sea coast, where designer Susanna IC spent summers as a child, the triangular Pelagic Shawl is worked in one piece, starting at the narrowest point and growing to the opposite wide end. Cushy garter-stitch stripes are framed by a textured slip-stitch colorwork pattern along two edges.

May 25, 2021 - a typo found in the chart key: the top symbol in the left column, green x, should be green +

Note: The exact yardage requirements for each color can be found on my project page.

Difficulty Intermediate

Yarn Weight 2

Finished Size 81” wide and 38” tall at point.

Yarn Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Passion 8 (80% superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon; 437 yd 400 m/4 oz 113 g): #ANJ01 Anjou (green; MC), 2 skeins; #CGC05 City Girl Chic 5 (black; A), #CGC02 City Girl Chic 2 (light gray; B), #CGC01 City Girl Chic 1 (white; C), #CGC04 City Girl Chic 4 (dark gray; D), and #CGC03 City Girl Chic 3 (medium gray; E), 1 skein each.

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 32” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 23 sts and 48 rows = 4” in garter st.

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  • This triangular shawl is worked back and forth in rows from one narrow end to the opposite wide end.

  • Do not break the yarn at color changes in each 20-row section. Carry the unused color up the side of the work until it is needed again. Bring the new color under the color just used.

  • To avoid puckering the stitches in the colorwork pattern, be careful not to work the slip-stitch floats too tightly; spread the work out on the right needle to add a bit of slack.

  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

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