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Northwest Passage

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Northwest Passage is a riff on the blanket pattern Born at Sea. In Northwest Passage, I rework the stitch patterns from Born at Sea as a long, triangular shawl, worked from the right tip to the wide left edge in sport weight/heavy fingering yarn. Northwest Passage uses 2 stitch cables and a texture pattern of knit and purl stitches; instructions for working 2 stitch cables without a cable needle are provided in the pattern notes. To make Northwest Passage, you will need to know how to knit, purl, work yarn overs and k2tog decreases, and how to read charts. Pattern instructions are charted only.

Size
72 in/183 cm long, 43 in/109 cm wide along left side, 27 in/69 cm deep
(See schematic for full details; model is 5 ft 7 in/170cm tall)

Yarn
Astral Bath Yarns Orbit Sport (100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Wool; 285 yds/261 m per 4 oz/115 g); Narragansett: 5 skeins OR 1410 yds/1289 m sport/heavy fingering weight yarn

Needles
US5/3.75 mm or size needed for correct gauge

Gauge
23.5 sts & 26.5 rows = 4in/10 cm in Seaweed Stitch (See Pattern Notes.)
23.5 sts & 33 rows = 4in/10cm in stockinette stitch
All gauges given are after blocking. Exact gauge is not essential for this project, though differences in gauge will affect the size and yardage required.

Notions
Yarn needle

About the Yarn
Astral Bath Orbit Sport is a 4-ply worsted spun, machine washable Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) wool yarn. BFL is one of the finest longwools, with beautiful lustre and drape. The multi-ply construction gives this yarn great stitch definition, making the textured stitch patterns pop. The slight colour variation of this hand dyed yarn also adds visual depth to the textured stitches. If substituting yarn for your project, look for a yarn with similar properties, especially one that will show the stitches well and drape nicely, such as longwools, longwool blends, or merino/silk blends.
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