Wavy columns make their way out like the rays of a distant sun. In a swirl of subtle color changes, light bounces off the surface, creating an infinite number of shades of blue. Steel blue. A cool, calm, silvery tone punctuated by subtle touches of teal and orchid, as if iridescent. Moondust or so it seems. Softly mysterious, fascinating, ever changing.
The Iradium shawl features a slightly textured lace pattern with undulating columns of yarn-overs and meandering spines formed by decreases. The shawl curls as the lace pattern extends outwards and the lacy rays finally broadens into a softly geometric edging.
Indulge and wrap yourself in delicate, silvery moonlight.
The Woolen Rabbit Yarn Club runs with a yearly theme, and this time it was “Women in history”. When thinking about the theme and about which woman I would select, Marie Curie came up as my first idea almost directly. The Iradium shawl is inspired by her research in physics and chemistry.
The Woolen Rabbit Egret (Sport, 80% Merino, 20% Silk, 293 meters / 320 yards per 100 grams); 2 skeins; sample uses 165 grams in color Moonstone.
3.25 mm (US size 3) circular needles or size to obtain gauge with two cable lengths as follows: (1) 80 cm / 32 inches; (2) 120 cm / 47 inches. The long circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches.
3.75 mm (US size 5) spare needle to work the BO.
21 stitches and 32 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch, unblocked.
18.5 stitches and 22 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern B – Silver Rays, blocked.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.
Stitch markers (optional): 1 in color A (edge marker), 30 removable markers in color B. Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Blocking wires (optional).
Height (h): 105 cm / 41.25 inches, length (l): 104 cm / 41 inches, width (w): 76.5 cm / 30 inches.
Knit, purl, yarn over, increases, single and multiple decreases, twisted stitches. Body with repetitive, easy to memorize stitch pattern. Edging with stitch pattern requiring some attention. Easy patterning on both sides of body and edging. Elastic BO. Picots.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.
This pattern is worked flat in two Sections plus an Edging to form a curling asymmetrical shawl.
Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches.
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.
This shawl was first published as part of The Woolen Rabbit Yarn Club 2018.
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