Winter Lights Shawl
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 in the northern hemisphere. 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!
Originally published as part of the Shawl Saturday Collection in 2019: five seasonal shawl patterns for just £13. Find out more here
CONSTRUCTION & SIZE
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.
One Size: 200cm / 78.75” wide x 60cm / 23.5” deep
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 Rusty Ferret, Doll (4ply / fingering-weight; 425m / 464 yards per 100g; 75% merino/25% nylon)
1 x 100g skein of Doll in Static (MC)
3 x 20g miniskeins of Doll in Harbour Wave Gradient
GAUGE, NEEDLES & NOTIONS
20 sts x 26 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over garter st stripe pattern, after blocking
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.
credit card-sized object for making tassels, tapestry needle, blocking pins (wires optional).
First published December 2019