The Friendly Giant Shawl by Heather Anderson

The Friendly Giant Shawl

February 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
740 - 875 yards (677 - 800 m)
small, large
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This pattern is one of 4 patterns in the For the Love of Stories eBook. Unfortunately, individual pattern purchases cannot be credited toward the purchase of the eBook.

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Wrap yourself up in either size of this comfy shawl and enjoy a good book…perhaps even this shawl’s inspiration— The BFG by Roald Dahl. Knit from the top center out, this shawl is nothing if not big and friendly—like the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) himself! The bubbles of the fizzy drink “frobscottle” inspire the body pattern. The cabled edging is reminiscent of “snozzcumbers”…the foul vegetable that makes up most of the giant’s diet.

This shawl is also a fun opportunity to learn something new. You create the bubbles of the body by working extra rows of stockinette on a small number of stitches (no wrap and turn involved). Instead of turning your work to purl back on a small number of stitches, you may choose to knit back left to right or “backwards” (helpful hints included).

Finished Sizes: approx. 60” (69”) wide x 21” (24”) deep (152/175 x 53/61 cm) after blocking.

• Worsted weight yarn, such as Malabrigo Merino Worsted, approx. 740 (875) yds, 676 (800) m
• US Size 8 (5.0 mm) 32” (81 cm) or longer circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge), plus 1
double pointed needle of same size for edging
• US Size 6 (4.0 mm) any length for garter tab start, if desired
• Stitch markers (two different kinds, including 2 removable markers for pattern markers)
• 2 cable needles
• Tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 sts = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette before blocking, 17 sts= 4” (10 cm) after blocking
You will want to choose a yarn and needle combination that creates a dense enough fabric for your bubble texture.