Seaside Shawl by PurpleIguana

Seaside Shawl

October 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
gauge is not critical for this pattern
5.0 mm (H)
450 - 525 yards (411 - 480 m)
one size
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Well color me surprised that LB Shawl in a Ball is considered worsted weight. It sure looks fingering/sport weight to me. Must be the fuzz. Anyway…

Working up quickly into a beautiful lightweight shawl, this is the second--and likely final--mod of my Movie Night Shawl. It has the same stacked shells design but this time with a top-down construction. I honestly couldn’t decide whether it was more of a triangle shape or more of a crescent shape because it was a bit of both. Sadly, we don’t seem to have a word for that.

Unlike most of my shawls, this design technically is a six-row repeat owing to the fact that the ends of the shawl increase as a two-row repeat and the center spine increases as a three-row repeat, but once you get going, it’s still a fairly easy process to keep track of.

I wasn’t sure how well Shawl in a Ball blocked, so I made a sample swatch with some leftover KP Bare Gloss I had on hand. It blocked very nicely, opening up quite a lot.

A video tutorial of this pattern is available on YouTube, courtesy of FiberSpider. Many thanks to FiberSpider!

UPDATE: I made a variation of this shawl that I called Beachcomber. The variation is… fiddly. If you follow my patterns, you know I have lots of 1-row and 2-row repeats because I LOVE SIMPLE, especially when it ends up looking nice. Seaside was a just a little fiddly, and I could deal with that. But Beachcomber? More fiddly than I care to actually write out as a written pattern. I do not have the patience… for now.

However, if you would like to try it, I put what I hope are some good notes on my project page as well as a couple of crudely drawn charts for the center increases and row end increases with pictures of the actual shawl that correspond to the charts. I do NOT know how much good I will be with troubleshooting help, so attempt this version at your own risk.

UPDATE 2: I’ve modded this again to make a squarey-crescent shawl which, in keeping with the beach theme, I’ve called Beach Blanket. It works exactly the same as Seaside, except it’s got three “center spine” increases to give it its squarey shape. I highly recommend stitch markers to keep track of where these are. In every other way, this follows the pattern for Seaside, after the first 4 “setup” rows (detailed with pictures on my project page).

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