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Blackwood is a reversible, asymmetric triangular shawl featuring elongated cable stitches.
The pattern begins by casting on a few stitches, and increasing the stitch count as you work. The pattern is worked in garter stitch, with an integrated I-cord edging, until the elongated cable stitches are worked. It is then finished with an I-cord bind off, with added optional tassels!

The pattern was inspired by my desire to design something that would work, and be possible to photograph, in black yarn. I'm a big fan of garter stitch, and of experimenting with cables.

Size (at gauge given) Wingspan 155 cm / 61 inches. Depth 66 cm / 26 inches.

880m / 962 yards of fingering or 4 ply weight yarn (this includes approx. 30 metres for the tassels).
If working with a smooth or slippery yarn, you may prefer to insert a lifeline before beginning the Elongated Cable stitches sections.

Sample uses 2 skeins of Countess Ablaze The English Gentleman Fingering (50% Bluefaced Leicester, 50% Masham, 450 metres per 100g skein) in ‘The Black Parade’.
This is a multiple plied, woolly yarn which holds its shape, and grips to itself a little.

23 sts and 46 rows per 10 cm / 4 inches in garter stitch worked flat.
Finished Elongated Cable stitch is 1 cm / .4 inches tall.
Differences in gauge will affect yarn usage and finished size.

3.25mm circular or size needed to achieve gauge, 80cm / 32 inches or 100 cm / 40 inches long - long enough for 130 cm / 51 inches bind off edge.

Additional Materials
Darning needle for weaving in ends
(Optional) stitch markers.
Cable needle (or double pointed needle). Larger sizes, hooked or bent cable needles are preferable.
Card & scissors for tassels.
For blocking: pins, towel, flat surface such as towel or foam mats etc.

Note: the pattern has been updated on 28th November: changes have been made to improve the clarity of instructions for setting up the i-cord bind off. 

This purchase is for a digital knitting pattern containing instructions to make your own version of the pictured handknit item.
You will get a PDF (2MB) file
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