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Quincythia Shawl

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"I bear a basket lined with grass;…
And a quince in hand, - not one,
Is set upon your boughs below;
Not set, because their buds not spring;
Spring not, ‘cause world is wintering"
For A Picture Of St. Dorothea, Gerard Manley Hopkins

Knitted in beautiful airy, naturally-dyed yarn from woollenflower, Quincythia is a light but cosy shawl, perfect for the changing seasons. Named after the spring plants whose flower colour matches the yarn (quince and forsythia), the shawl is mainly knitted in soothing garter stitch, with columns of slipped stitches and a ‘double-pass’ section to keep the knitter’s interest piqued.

The pattern includes written instructions, photographs, a schematic and has been professionally tech edited and test knitted. All of this will help you to create a shawl that you feel proud of and that is wonderful to wear.

Originally published as part of the Shawl Saturday Collection in 2019: five seasonal shawl patterns for just £13. Find out more here

Quincythia is worked in three main sections in a modular way: two sections knitted solely in yarn A and yarn B respectively, and then a third section where both yarns are striped, using a ‘double pass’ technique (using a circular needle, the right side is worked twice: once in A and once in B, the wrong side is then worked in the same way). A simple edging is worked along the top side, whilst a knitted-on triangular edge is worked perpendicular to the main shawl, along the bottom side.

woollenflower, shetland 1 (laceweight; 350m / 437 yds per 50g skein; 100% organic Shetland wool)
1 skein dyed with birch (yellow - Yarn A)
woollenflower, whorl (laceweight; 420m / 459 yds per 50g skein; 72% fine kid mohair & 28% silk)
1 skein dyed with madder & cochineal (orange – Yarn B)

20 sts x 40 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over Section One patt in A, before blocking
17 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm / 4” measured over Section One patt in A, after blocking
4 mm / US 6 circular needle, 80-100 cm (32-40”) long
The shawl is worked flat but a longer circular needle is recommended to avoid the stitches bunching up
16 lockable stitch markers (more are optional)

One size: 195 cm / 76.5" wide x 55 cm / 21.5" deep (see schematic in photos for more details)

slipped stitches
worked flat
written pattern

First published June 2020
You will get a PDF (4MB) file

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