Saudades Shawl by Beatriz Rubio

Saudades Shawl

November 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, after blocking
US 9 - 5.5 mm
540 yards (494 m)
one size
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The Saudades Shawl is a collaboration with Miss Babs Yarns and calls for only one skein of their delicious Big Silk base. It is a worsted weight crescent shaped shawl, worked in a squishy garter stitch body and with a cabled edge worked sideways. Because of the yarn weight it calls for, this piece grows very fast making it perfect for gift knitting or an (almost) immediate ‘finished object’ satisfaction.

Saudade is a Portuguese word that has no known translation to any other language. It is used to describe a mix of happy and sad feelings of melancholy and nostalgia when one is longing for someone or something they love.

One can feel ‘saudades’ for loved ones that went away, for places they have been to or even for experiences and times that have passed - such as Grandma’s Sunday lunch or when the kids were little and liked to play ball on the front yard. Saudades is the sadness that comes from knowing that that moment or person is gone and is also the happiness to have lived and experienced it, and now have beautiful memories of it. It is also referred to as “the love that remains”.

Cable instructions are both written and charted for your convenience.

Approximately 500 m (540 yds) of worsted weight yarn.
Sample features Miss Babs Big Silk 494m (540yds)/ 250g (8.8oz) 60% merino wool, 40% cultivated silk in colorway Frozen.

5.5 mm (US 9) circular needles with 80 cm (32” ) cable length or longer to accommodate all sts comfortably, or size needed to obtain gauge.

blocking tools of your preference
cable needle
stitch markers
tapestry needle

18 st x 36 rows in 10 cm x 10 cm (4” x 4”) in garter stitch measured after blocking. Although gauge is not crucial to this project, changes in it will affect your yardage requirements.

Approximately 130 cm (51”) wingspan X 45 cm (18”) depth