Quiescence Shawl by Maddie Harvey

Quiescence Shawl

Knitting
January 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in slipped st pattern after blocking (see below)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
875 yards (800 m)
One Size (can be extended)
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A collaboration with Kettle Yarn Co.

Are you someone who likes to ‘germinate’ an idea for a new knitting project? Do you feel a spark of excitement when you begin matching-up your chosen pattern with the perfect yarn? Or maybe the real enjoyment is when you cast on those first few tantalising stitches?

Did you know that there’s a botanical equivalent to this feeling? It’s called “quiescence” and it’s when seeds are resting, waiting to germinate and grow. As soon as I read about it, it quickly became the inspiration behind this beautiful shawl design!

The Quiescence Shawl begins with a few of those exciting cast-on stitches and quickly grows into a large easy-to-wear asymmetrical triangular shawl. The shawl’s soothing garter-stitch background is covered with a beautiful travelling slipped-stitch and eyelet pattern, suggesting germinating seeds and spring-like growth.

It’s my hope that as your Quiescence Shawl grows, your knitting skills and knowledge will grow also, whether that’s finding out how to work travelling stitches quickly and without a cable needle, how to work simple short rows in order to widen the shape of your shawl, learning how to knit a larger shawl by weighing your yarn, or perhaps finding an easy way to make and add tassels to your shawl.

The pattern includes links to video and photo tutorials to help you ‘grow’ your knitting skills, and includes charts (and equivalent written instructions), photographs, a schematic and has been professionally tech edited and test knitted. All of this will help you to create a shawl that you feel proud of and that is wonderful to wear.

CONSTRUCTION NOTES
Quiescence is a triangular shawl that’s knitted sideways, beginning at one corner and working down to the cast-off edge. A slipped stitch and travelling stitch pattern is worked across the shawl on top of a garter st background. A new repeat of the pattern is added every 12 rows. Simple short rows are used to widen the edge of the shawl and once finished, tassels are added along the cast-off edge.

YARN
Kettle Yarn Co., Northiam fingering (4ply / fingering-weight; 400m / 437 yds per 100g skein; British Blue Faced Leicester)
2 skeins in Samphire

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
5mm / US 8 circular needle, 80 cm (32”) long (straight needles could also be used)
25 stitch markers, 1 lockable marker for short rows (optional), crochet hook for attaching tassels and weighing scales (optional)

GAUGE
16 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over slipped st pattern, before blocking
14 sts x 26 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over slipped st pattern, after blocking

SIZE
One Size: 175 cm / 71” wide and 114 cm / 45” along cast-off edge
It is also possible to extend the shawl and instructions are given in the pattern to do this.