Tethys by Susanna IC


March 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern stitch, blocked. 14.5 sts/ 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch short row section, blocked.
US 9 - 5.5 mm
600 yards (549 m)
15" x 71"; fingering, DK or worsted weight yarn
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Some of my favorite memories from childhood are the ones of summer vacations spent at the Baltic Sea. I remember the serene shades of blues and greens mixed with cool grays, the waves capped with white frothy bubbles lapping at the beaches full of interesting pebbles, the fresh scent of the breeze… Although I’ve been lucky enough to visit other sea and ocean shores, there is something about the serenity of the north that still resonates for me. For a long time I’ve been trying to capture that feeling in a design so I could wrap the sea around me and after many attempts I am finally pleased with the result.

The hand dyed colors of this Fiber Optica Silken Blend are a perfect reflection of the tranquil sea while its high silk content enhances the shawl’s drape. First the textured edging is worked from end to end; the simple cables create the look of waves and the seed stitch sections emulate the pebbly sands of the sea shore. Stitches are then picked up along the top of the edging and a set of easy short rows (no wraps) is worked to create the shawl’s elongated curved shape. A few yarn overs are added in along the edge to mimic the effervescent tips of the waves.

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