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Sinuosity shawl

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Cables, syncopation, double brioche, this shawl has it all! But don't be intimidated if these techniques are new to you, they are introduced one at a time so you'll learn as you go along. The pattern has both written instructions and charts. Detailed descriptions and photo tutorials are included for the more unusual stitches used.

At almost a full circle, this shawl is extra wide. This makes it easy to wear, it sits nicely on your shoulders and stays there!

The name of this shawl came about because I was looking for words to do with rivers or meandering, which led me to Wikipedia: The degree of meandering of the channel of a river, stream, or other watercourse is measured by its sinuosity. The sinuosity of a watercourse is the ratio of the length of the channel to the straight line down-valley distance.

This reminded me of the path taken by a knitted cable, which is longer than a straight of column of stitches even though they contain the same number of rows.

• Fingering weight yarn in two colours, approximately 750m (820yds) of each.
• 3.5mm/US 4 circular needle with an 80cm/32” or longer cable.
• Two locking stitch markers or small cable needles.
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Size of finished shawl:
Length 125cm/50”, width 56cm/22.5", relaxed after blocking.

Obtaining gauge is not essential, as long as you are happy with the fabric you are getting. Different gauge will affect the size of the finished object and the amount of yarn used.
The sample shawl had a gauge of 16 stitches and 23 rows of two colour brioche rib in a 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) square, after blocking.

Stitch abbreviations and chart symbols are based on those developed by Nancy Marchant.

For pattern support, please email me at leelamary.knits[at] You can find me on Instagram as @leelamary. If you would like to hear about future pattern releases, please join my mailing list.

In case of need, this and all my patterns are available through the Fiber Community Fund.
You will get a PDF (7MB) file

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