Pentland Firth Shawl by Beardychiel Designs

Pentland Firth Shawl

Knitting
January 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
620 - 624 yards (567 - 571 m)
2.5m x 0.95m on 6mm needles
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Living beside the Pentland Firth and seeing its range of colours textures and the immense power that typifies this amazing stretch of water is awe inspiring and I felt that this had to be the inspiration for a shawl.
The process of taking the wave shapes and allowing them to morph into a knitwear textures and patterns was really enjoyable and I turned to my interest in Japanese art and watercolours and Japanese tattoo imagery for the synthesised shapes of large foaming waves.
The result is the wings of the Pentland Firth Shawl. The central panel is inspired by the texture and striation of the sand stone cliffs around the Pentland Firth coastline. I hope you enjoy the finished effect as much as I do.