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Dr. Tam's Shawl Knitting Pattern

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A long and narrow triangle, worked sideways, with a single skein of yarn.

It was originally designed to use a Very Special colourway dyed by the Indigodragonfly team, inspired by an image from a microscope of the COVID-19 virus. One of my favourite edging patterns is a Shetland classic, called Droplets. Given how the virus spreads, it seemed like an obvious choice. I played with the Droplets pattern, creating smaller and larger versions, to allow the Droplets to spread – an epideminology message in knitting form. And because I enjoy fun little details, there’s 19 rows between Droplet Motifs.

This design lets you maximize your yarn, making it ideal for using up a special (or just lonely) single skein from your stash. The motifs are charted and written out, and it’s suitable for knitters with a little bit of lace experience, or new lace knitters with sense of adventure.

I worked it with sportweight, making it a bit faster than the usual one-skein project, but this would work just as well with fingering – or any other yarn you might have at home. With 300m/325 yds of sportweight, I got a generous shawl 90 inches/228cm long by 16 inches/40cm deep. Pattern includes notes on how to adjust for other yardages.

I’ve named it after Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer. She is a physician with expertise in immunization, infectious disease and emergency preparedness, and she has shown incredible leadership and fortitude during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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