Winter Lights by Maddie Harvey

Winter Lights

by Maddie Harvey
Knitting
November 2019
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch Stripe
US 6 - 4.0 mm
700 yards (640 m)
One Size
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Now Available! This is the fourth shawl from The Shawl Saturday Series - a surprise collection of four seasonal shawls for 2019 - with one published each season.

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“Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again …In restless dreams I walked alone, Narrow streets of cobblestone, ‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp, I turned my collar to the cold and damp”
The Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel, 1964

The inspiration for the Winter Lights shawl is the very simple idea of creating light in the darkness and in particular, the darkness that we experience during the winter months.** At this time of year, we often turn to lights, such as fairy lights, candles, lanterns and even fireworks, to help us ‘light-up the dark’. Asides from the practical reasons for lighting lights when it’s dark, I think candles and fairy-lights take on a symbolic meaning during winter. They represent the hope that the light will return in the springtime, and there is also something magical about lights and a sort of pre-historic satisfaction at being able to strike a match and create light!

CONSTRUCTION NOTES
Winter Lights is a triangular shawl knitted from side to side in two halves, which are joined together with a 3- needle cast-off after knitting each half. Tassels are made and attached to each corner (a video tutorial link is provided to help with this).

JOIN US
Join in with a very relaxed year-long knit-a-long in my Ravelry group here. This shawl pattern is also eligible for entry to Maddie’s Mini-Skein KAL running from 1st Dec to 29th Feb, find out more in Maddie’s Ravelry group!

YARN
160g of 4ply / fingering-weight of approx. 400m / 437 yds per 100g in the following amounts:
1 x 100g skein for MC
3 x 20g mini-skeins for CC1-3 or 6 x 10g mini-skeins for CC1-3 Right Hand Side and CC1-3 Left Hand Side
Ideally your MC and CCs will be high contrast, so either a dark MC and lighter CCs, or a light MC and dark/bright CCs. The CCs look most effective if they are speckled or variegated yarns.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
4 mm / US 6 circular needle, 80 cm (32”) long (shawl is knitted flat but a circular needle is recommended to accommodate the number of sts). An extra circular needle or straight needle is required for working the 3-needle cast-off and you may find a DPN in one size larger handy for the cast-off, especially is you tend to cast off tightly.
2 stitch markers (these are optional, and not mentioned in the instructions, but you might find it helpful to place a marker after/before the 3 i-cord edge sts on each side of the shawl), credit card-sized object for making tassels, tapestry needle, blocking pins (wires optional).

GAUGE
20 sts x 26 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over garter st stripe pattern, after blocking

SIZE
One Size: 200cm / 78.75” wide x 60cm / 23.5” deep