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Columella Shawl

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Columella: the term for the central spine of a mollusc shell. Shells like these usually spiral to the right (dextral) but some spiral to the left (sinister). This is known as chirality, and this idea of direction, and change of direction, is the inspiration for this design.

Originally published in Making Stories Magazine, Columella is now available as a single pattern. The shawl features garter rib with a diagonal pattern travelling across its surface, created by carefully placed increases and decreases.

177.5 cm / 69.25” x 59.5 cm / 23.25” (Columella is a large parallelogram wrap-style shawl)

1050 metres / 1150 yards of 4ply or fingering-weight yarn of approximately 150 metres / 164 yards per 50 g

3.75 mm / US 5 needles (or needle size to obtain gauge)

17.5 sts x 29.5 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (knit flat, in stockinette stitch, after blocking)
19.5 sts x 28.5 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (knit flat, in garter rib, after blocking)

• Blocking tools (blocking mats, t-pins, blocking wires)
• Darning needle
• Stitch markers in two different colours (two of each colour)

Pattern Attributes
chart (and written equivalents)

First published April 2018
Contributors (for Making Stories Magazine)
• Tech Editing: Marina Skua
• Test Knitting: Ally, Borghildur, Emily, Janet, Julie
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