The Vulnerability Shawl by Transmutation Knits

The Vulnerability Shawl

Knitting
October 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Brioche
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1077 - 1317 yards (985 - 1204 m)
Full Size, Half Size with Lace Border, Half Size without Lace border
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We often teach young children lessons through stories. Aesop’s Fables, Grimm’s Fairytales, and even Bible stories have a bite-size moral that we take home with us that we remember for years. Stories paint a picture of what happens when we do the right thing or when we stray from the path of righteousness. The Values Collection is an exploration of visual storytelling where I introduce you to the characters who helped shape me into the person that I am today. Vulnerability, nuance, empathy, and audacity are key parts of who I want to be on a day to daybasis, and the shawls and wraps use texture and color to translate the narrative from the page and screen into yarn.

One of my favorite fictional characters is Aslan, from The Chronicles of Narnia. One of the scenes that cements Aslan in my hall of fame takes place in Voyage of the Dawn Treader when one of the children, Eustace, has been turned into a dragon by an enchanted bracelet. One night, Aslan, the great lion, comes to him and tells him to take off his dragon skin. As many times as Eustace tries, he cannot do it on his own. It takes Aslan scratching deep with his claws to get through the many layers of dragon skin and return the boy to his human form. This story was Lewis’s attempt to show the significance of baptism to a young audience; however, there is something to be said of the pain and resulting freedom that comes with being vulnerable to others. No matter how hard I try to hide behind layers of thick scales, there is nothing more freeing than letting others close enough to see who I am underneath.

The Vulnerability Shawl tells the story of Aslan teaching Eustace how to be vulnerable in order to find his true shape. A bell-shaped two-color brioche shawl highlights the contrast color with lace,short row panels and an optional lace border at the end. The thick and squishy brioche will keep you warm, just like the thick scales of a dragon, but the lace panels slice through, showing where Aslan’s claws have left their mark exposing the much lighter lace short rows. The lace border at the bottom allows the lace pattern to shine on its own; Eustace free of his enchantment. As you work through the sections of this shawl, let it become an exercise of this moral. Where have you put thick brioche sections up to keep people away and where should you open up and let others see the vulnerable lace that lies underneath? Who is the Aslan in your life that you can allow yourself to be open with?

Yarn:
Full Size:
Color A 421yds 385m / 3.2oz 71g
Color B 776yds 710m / 5.9oz 151g
Pattern sample is a full size shawl in Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors. Color A is Copper Pipe and Color B is Speckles No. 34
Half Size with Lace Border:
Color A 249yds 228m / 1.9oz 54g
Color B 695yds 636m / 5.3oz 151g
Half Size without Lace Border:
Color A 249ds 228m / 1.9oz 54g
Color B 460yds 421m / 3.5oz 100g

Needles:
US Size 4 (3.5mm) 42in or longer circular needle or
Size needed to get gauge

Gauge:
Brioche: 22 rows and 19sts over 4in / 10cm
Lace: 2 pattern repeats / 16 rows and 20sts over 4in /
10cm

Finished Measurements:
Full Size: 63in / 160cm across 43in / 109cm deep
Half Size with Lace Border: 44in / 112cm across 31in /
79cm deep
Half Size without Lace Border: 44in / 112 cm across
27in / 69cm deep

Notions:
Stitch Markers: 2 in one color, 2 in a second color, and 12 in
a third color
Yarn Needle
Snips

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit