Tassel Tango by Jenny Gillard

Tassel Tango

Knitting
September 2021
Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette St
US 4 - 3.5 mm
810 - 1460 yards (741 - 1335 m)
S, M, L
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The Tassel Tango is a top-down crescent shaped shawl that comes in three different sizes: Petite (small), Classic (medium) and Grande (large). Each size was made featuring beautiful yarn from Canadian dyers!

This shawl has a fun and interactive element: the tassels are removeable so that you can have fun trading them with others! The inspiration behind this idea came from a desire to have an “icebreaker” for fibre events such as festivals or knit nights with new people! It’s always so fun to chat with others about their knitwear, so I thought, why not have an interactive piece of knitwear?

My dream is to one day have all of my own tassels traded off to others around the world, so that I can have a shawl full of memories of friends both new and old! Memories of fibre events and knit nights will be attached to this shawl for years to come!

Use the hashtag #tasseltangoshawl on social media to show off your progress and finished projects!

PATTERN NOTES:

Because each size was knit using different yarn from different dyers, I have included separate gauges to accommodate this. Even though I used fingering weight yarn for each size, the thickness varied from dyer to dyer. Some were more plump and others less so. All of them turned out beautifully though!

Needles:
3.5mm (US 4) - Or size to obtain gauge (individual gauges are listed for each version).

Cords:
20/40/60in (50/100/150cm) - Change cord length to suit your preference as your shawl grows in size.

Notions:
2 stitch markers
1 locking stitch marker (optional to mark Right Side)
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Safety-Pin (To help with tassel making)
Tape Measure or Ruler (For measuring tassels)

Skills & Techniques:
Knitting
Purling
Icord
Slipped Stitches
2-Colour Brioche (Worked flat)
Duplicate Stitch (To weave in ends)
Braiding (To create the tassels)

Tutorials Included:

  1. Crochet Provisional Cast On for I-cord Tab
  2. How to make and use Tassels
  3. Weaving in ends using Duplicate Stitch

SIZES:

-----/// PETITE ///-----
Yarn:
Midknit Cravings - Light Sock / 85% SW Merino, 15% Nylon / 437 yds (400m) per 100g

MC: Vanilla - 100g / 437 yds (400m)
C1: Blackberry - 6g / 27 yds (25m)
C2: Fruit Stand - 12g / 53 yds (49m)
C3: Freestone Peach - 15g / 66 yds (60m)
C4: Bartlett Pear - 13g / 57 yds (52m)
C5: Granny Smith - 13g / 57 yds (52m)

Gauge:
On 3.5mm (US 4) needles: 24 sts x 34 rows in St st, lightly blocked = 4” / 10cm

Size:
Width: 48 inches (122cm)
Depth: 14 inches (36cm)

Tassels:
To make 79 tassels, you will need a total of ~25g - 110 yds (100m) from your leftover yarn.

-----/// CLASSIC ///-----
Yarn:
Polka Dot Creek - Classic Sock / 75% SW Merino, 25% Nylon / 463 yds (423m) per 100g

MC: Natural - 130g / 605 yds (553m)
C1: Spruce - 4g / 19 yds (17m)
C2: Frost - 9g / 42 yds (39m)
C3: Eggplant - 10g / 44 yds (37m)
C4: Lilac - 12g / 56 yds (52m)
C5: Raspberry - 12g / 56 yds (52m)
C6: Ballerina - 12g / 56 yds (52m)
C7: Pumpkin - 11g / 51 yds (47m)
C8: Duckling - 10g / 44 yds (37m)

Gauge:
On 3.5mm (US 4) needles: 25 sts x 35 rows in St st, lightly blocked = 4” / 10cm

Size:
Width: 55 inches (140 cm)
Depth: 17 inches (43 cm)

Tassels:
To make 93 tassels, you will need a total of ~30g - 139 yds (127m) from your leftover yarn.

-----/// GRANDE ///-----
Yarn:
Hidden Pond Yarn - Squishy Sock / 80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon / 437 yds (400m) per 114g
Hidden Pond Yarn - Sparkle Sock / 80% SW Merino, 15% Nylon, 5% Gold Stelina / 87 yds (80m) per 20g

MC: Inkwell - 214g / 820 yds (750m)
C1: Purple - 5g / 22 yds (20m)
C2: Purple/Blue - 8g / 34 yds (31m)
C3: Blue - 11g / 48 yds (44m)
C4: Blue/Green - 12g / 52 yds (48m)
C5: Green/Yellow - 13g / 57 yds (52m)
C6: Yellow - 15g / 65 yds (60m)
C7: Orange - 14g / 61 yds (56m)
C8: Orange/Pink - 11g / 48 yds (44m)
C9: Pink - 12g / 52 yds (48m)
C10: Pink/Purple - 13g / 57 yds (52m)

Gauge:
On 3.5mm (US 4) needles, using MC: 21 sts x 30 rows in St st, lightly blocked = 4” / 10cm

For reference:
On 3.5mm (US 4) needles, using CC: 24 sts x 34 rows in St st, lightly blocked = 4” / 10cm

Size:
Width: 70 inches (178cm)
Depth: 22 inches (56cm)

Tassels:
To make 102 tassels, you will need a total of 33g - 144 yds (132m) from your leftover yarn.