Sea Gleam Shawl TSS 4 Shawl 1 by Helen Stewart

Sea Gleam Shawl TSS 4 Shawl 1

Knitting
May 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 yards (549 m)
Medium
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At first, you almost can’t be sure of what you’re seeing. It’s likely that the road has been long, that you’ve been travelling since the early hours, and it might just be wishful thinking. But as you continue on and the landscape rises and falls and rises again, there it is. A glint…that tell-tale shimmer in the distance. Your first glimpse of the sea. It is a moment of pure magic. The internal chorus of “are-we-there-yet” that never really goes away (no matter how grown up you’ve got) falls quiet. It’s just around the bend, just over the next hill, just beyond the dunes. Whatever scheming and planning it took to get you here, the journey has been worth the wait. You’ve arrived, and the day has only just begun.

The Sea Gleam Shawl is the very first pattern of The Shawl Society Season 4. It celebrates the feeling of arriving at your favourite place and the anticipation of all the joy still to come. This two-skein shawl is a gentle crescent shape. It is big on texture, with broad garter and stockinette sections, dappled with eyelets and finished with a simple but highly effective lace border. This is a light hearted, relaxing, and meditative knit, an ideal beginning to our Shawl Society Adventure.

Size
Medium

Finished Measurements
Approximately 163cm (64”) diameter across straight top edge
41cm (16”) neck to bottom edge

Yarn
Suburban Stitcher Single Sock 100% Superwash Merino; 366m/400yds per 100g skein, 2 x 100g skeins,
Colourway: Sea Smoke

Actual yarn used:
Fingering weight 135g, 494m/540yds.

Needles
4mm (US 6), 80/100cm (32/40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)

Notions
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after blocking

The Shawl Society Season 4 - One perfect day…

It might be a memory, a daydream, or a plan for the future. It might be a real spot you’ve been to or one you’ve imagined for years.

Wherever it is, and however you get there, it’s a place where time stands still, where everyday cares disappear, and where you can be wholly and happily yourself. It could be a mountaintop. It might be a cottage in the woods. Maybe a meadow.

For me, it has always been the beach. The sounds of the water and the wind, the sunshine, the picnics, the sandcastles. The soft damp hair of little ones wrapped in towels and the late night bonfires under the stars as the tide draws in close to the shore.

On the busiest day in the busiest city, all I need to do is close my eyes, pause, and send my mind on holiday for a minute. Suddenly there is a sense of space and freedom. I can almost smell the salt air.

In this 4th season of The Shawl Society, in honour of the “happy places” that mean so much to us, we will share one perfect day by the sea.

The Shawl Society Season 4 is a pattern subscription club inspired by spending time on a beautiful beach and a meditation on what it means to find your own “happy place.” The six secret shawl knitting patterns in the collection are ideal for any knitter who is obsessed with hand-knitted shawls, loves a bit of suspense, and enjoys creating along with other enthusiastic makers. The first pattern of the series will be released in May 2019, and then there will be another pattern release every month until October 2019. There’s never any pressure to “keep up” with the crowd, so know that you can and should knit along at your own pace. These patterns are yours to keep forever, so relax and enjoy.

You can mark the release dates in your diary:

Shawl 1: 16 May
Shawl 2: 20 June
Shawl 3: 18 July
Shawl 4: 22 August
Shawl 5: 19 September
Shawl 6: 17 October

The pattern difficulty will be adventurous beginner to intermediate: enough detail to keep things interesting, but nothing that will push it over into “difficult” territory. Our goal here is to nourish our creativity and our hearts with time that’s set aside just for us, so be sure to savour each stitch and give yourself plenty of grace as you go.

The patterns will be written in the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist Style™ with charts to supplement written directions for lace or cable sections.

There will be a variety of yarn weights used within the range of heavy lace to DK. Yarns needed for each shawl will be announced approximately 3 weeks before the pattern release date.