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Morsel Shawl

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Morsel is one of those magic little shawls that works for any occasion! The samples used fingering weight and aran weight yarn, although you could actually substitute in any yarn weight and appropriate needle size that you like with the pattern! For extra fun, you can also add pom poms to the ends of the shawl, although these are entirely optional if you prefer the shawl without them!

Approximately 69” / 175cm width at wingspan, and 19.75” / 50cm depth at center, relaxed after blocking.

The following quantities are a suggestion only – remember that you can also substitute any yarn weight and yardage amount of your choice with this pattern!

TIP: Before you cast on your project, it is highly recommended to weigh the yarn you will use for the shawl body with a set of scales, and make a note of this number. The pattern will tell you to weigh your yarn again when you reach the halfway point of the shawl. This allows you to check that you still have at least 50% of your initial amount remaining and can complete the second half of the shawl without running out of yarn. If you have significantly more than 50% of your yarn remaining at this point, you can follow the provided modification instructions to maximise the extra yardage (see 2nd Note, and main pattern instructions for more details). If you want to use multiple colours in a symmetrical pattern across your shawl, you can also weigh how much yarn you use of a particular colour over certain stitch / row counts in the first half of the shawl, and leave at least 50% of that yarn remaining to repeat the colour over the reflected stitch / row counts in the second half of the shawl.

Fingering weight version: 995yds / 910m for shawl body, PLUS 110yds / 100m for 2 optional pom poms, of fingering weight / 4ply yarn.
Sample used Circus Tonic Handmade, Revelry Sock (80% superwash Merino, 20% nylon, 409yds / 374m per 100g)
Colour A (Southern Fulmar): 305yds / 280m
Colour B (Tree Marrin): 405yds / 370m
Colour C (Grey Hawk): 285yds / 260m, PLUS 110yds / 100m for 2 optional pom poms
But you can use as few or as many colours as you like for your shawl!

Aran weight version: 710yds / 650m for shawl body, PLUS 65yds / 60m for 2 optional pom poms, of aran weight / 10ply yarn.
Sample used West Yorkshire Spinners, The Croft Shetland Tweed (100% Shetland wool, 182yds / 166m per 100g), in colourway 761 Maryfield (only 1 colour used throughout).
But you can use as few or as many colours as you like for your shawl!

You can alternatively use straight needles if they are long enough to accommodate your total number of center of shawl stitches, however you will then need 2 double-pointed needles to work the icord tab cast on. Use any appropriate needle size of your choice if you are substituting a different yarn weight!
– Fingering weight version: US 6 / 4mm needle, OR size to obtain gauge, at least 16” / 40cm length circular needle
– Aran weight version: US 9 / 5.5mm needle, OR size to obtain gauge, at least 16” / 40cm length circular needle
– All versions, for icord tab cast on: crochet hook in equivalent size to choice of knitting needle

– For icord tab cast on: small amount of smooth, contrasting waste yarn in same weight as shawl yarn
– Set of scales (recommended)
– Cable needle
– Fixed stitch markers and removable stitch markers / progress keepers
– Small 2.5” / 6.5cm diameter pom pom maker (optional)
– Scissors
– Tape measure
– Tapestry needle

In Cable Pattern, worked flat and relaxed after blocking.
Fingering weight version: 33.5 stitches x 37.5 rows = 4” / 10cm square
Aran weight version: 23.5 stitches x 26.25 rows = 4” / 10cm square

Gauge is not crucial for this shawl, but variations may affect your final yardage requirements and measurements to those given in the pattern. If you are substituting a different yarn weight, needle size and yardage amount, simply use any gauge that you like the feel and drape of for this shawl!

– Morsel is a sideways knit shawl, with a triangular shape if following same instructions as given for samples. You start with a small number of stitches, created using the icord tab cast on, then increase these stitches along the right edge to create the first half of the shawl. Once the required width of the shawl is reached, the stitches are worked even without increasing. You then begin decreasing, along the right edge again, to create the second half of the shawl and taper back down to a small number of stitches. To mimic the icord tab cast on, your final stitches are grafted together with a seamless finish. The border of the shawl is worked as an icord throughout.

– It is easy to modify the size of your shawl if you have more or less available yardage than suggested in the pattern, or are substituting a different yarn entirely. You can maintain the shawl’s triangular shape and change its size by working more or less repeats of the Increases and Decreases Charts, OR the shawl will take on a crescent-like shape if you increase its size through repeating the Center Of Shawl Chart. The specific places where these modifications can be made are given in the main pattern instructions.

– To make a 3-colour fingering weight shawl that matches the sample pictured in pattern, see YARN information on page 2 of the pdf!

– How to work the icord tab cast on
– Kitchener stitch
– M1R: Make 1 Right (cast on version)

Instructions are provided in a fully written format, with charts also included where relevant.

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