Spring Change Shawl by Emily Higgins

Spring Change Shawl

Knitting
April 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
see notes
US 8 - 5.0 mm
591 yards (540 m)
one size
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I first began knitting this project a little over a year ago. Life happened, I now have an awesome baby, and I finally finished this shawl! I love playing with color combinations with yarns I love, and especially love groups of threes. I can see this knit up in an orange, purple and teal combo, or a yellow, green and aqua…any three colors you love together will work for this project. You may even have a group of 3 worsted weight yarns sitting in your stash now, just waiting for a project. My color choices began with the green from my stash. It reminds me so much of the moss that first appears on the trees in spring, the first green thing I see and I get so excited. I found that lovely taupe color and coral pink at my LYS to go with it. The shawl is knit up like the changes spring brings in the woods – taupe is pretty and all, but then that green appears! And suddenly one day there are flowers everywhere! I hope you enjoy.

Measurements: Crescent shapes are hard to measure… Shawl measures 18” deep at deepest, 55” wide at widest, and approximately 90” along bottom edge tip to tip after blocking. I did not pin out my shawl to block, but I did aggressively wet block it. If you pin your shawl out, you will probably end up a bit bigger.

Gauge: Gauge is important for this project as I only had approximately 5 grams of each color left when finished. (If subbing in a different worsted weight yarn, check your yardage. Many worsteds will have 220 yards per 100 grams. If this is your case, gauge will not be as critical and you should have plenty of yarn.) Before you get going, cast on 20 stitches and knit several rows in stockinette. I averaged 4 ½ stiches per inch in unblocked stockinette.

Materials:

Yarn: 3 skeins of Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (40/40/20 alpaca/wool/silk, worsted weight, 100g, 197yds), color A: 42 Smokey Mountain, color B: 06 Firefly, color C: 20 Hummingbird. Any other comparable worsted weight yarn of your choice will work too – just stay away from acrylic as you will not have success blocking this shawl out if you don’t.

Needles: US 8 circular needle - interchangeable needles work great as you can adjust cable length size as needed. If you don’t have those, I started on a 24” and ended with a 48”, changing to a 32” or 36” somewhere in the middle. You could start on a 32” or 36” if that is what you have, but you will definitely want a longer cable at the end.

Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Non-rinsing wool wash for blocking