Tusk by Anni Howard


June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
437 yards (400 m)
One size 140 cm (55 ins) long x 32 cm (12½ ins) wide at centre point
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A quick and easy one-skein shawl that’s a great stashbusting project.

During an exceptionally low tide at West Mersea on the Essex coast one early morning in March 2017, a team from CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) found a six-foot long mammoth tusk embedded in the mud. Scientists believe mammoths became extinct in Britain around 10,000 years ago.

It’s a crescent shape, knitted from point to point.Those little pleats create the curve and turn Tusk into a crescent shawl. I’ve included step-by-step photos in the pattern so the pleats shouldn’t put anyone off knitting what is actually a very easy and fast growing design.

Even better, Tusk is a one skein project that uses 400m of 4ply yarn. It’s knitted in Mr. B Hiddlestone 4ply which comes in 100g skeins of 425m, which gives you a bit of wriggle room in case your gauge is looser than mine.