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It’s dusk and the warmth still wraps us is its cozy blanket. All day, the sun has been glimmering on the water, creating thousands of small stars and diamonds. Now, all is quiet, as if preparing for the night ahead. We can hear the waves rolling gently. On the meandering shore, the sea meets the dark grey rocks, remnants of volcanic eruptions.


The Niká shawl merges these two worlds, at the border of land and sea, in a play of color, texture and stitches. This crescent shawl is named after a cove on the Pantelleria island. Niká alternates lace stitches with thin stripes of stockinette before those morph into an elaborate lace edging. Join us for a refreshing stroll on the shore!


The Niká shawl and the Ossidiana scarf / stole are designed to complement each other. Most probably, you won't wear them together ;-) but you can knit the shawl and use the remaining yarn to knit a small scarf. If you'd rather knit a long scarf or a stole, that's totally fine too! Check the yarn estimations on the pattern pages. Both patterns are customizable to let you knit them the size you want.

Yarns
Colori Naturali Ipazia (previously known as Merino Silk) (Lace, 80% Merino, 20% Silk, 800 meters / 875 yards per 100 grams); MC: 1 skein, CC: 1 skein.
Sample uses 64 grams in color L’Ora Del Tè (light blue, MC) and 95 grams in color Lava Di Pantelleria (dark blueish gray, CC).

Note: Estimated yarn usage if you wish to make:

  • The Niká shawl and the Ossidiana scarf: 1 skein of MC and 1 skein of CC;
  • The Niká shawl and the Ossidiana stole (or long scarf): 2 skeins of MC and 2 skeins of CC.


Needles
3.5 mm (US size 4) circular needles or size to obtain gauge with two cable lengths as follows: (1) 80 cm / 32 inches; (2) 120 cm / 47 inches. The long circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

Gauge
19 stitches and 30.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch, unblocked with yarn held double.
13 stitches and 32.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch, blocked with yarn held double.
12.5 stitches and 29.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern C – Rocky Cove, blocked with yarn held double.
11.5 stitches and 25.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in Pattern D – Meandering Seashore, blocked with yarn held double.
Note: obtaining the gauge given is not crucial but will affect the finished size and the yardage needed.

Notions
Stitch markers (optional): 2 in color A (edge marker), 22 in color B (repeat markers), 1 removable marker in color C. Waste yarn. Spare 4 mm (US size 6) spare needle to work the BO. Tapestry needle. Blocking pins. Flexible blocking wires (optional).

Size
One; easily customizable.

Final measurements
Height (h): 49 cm / 19.25 inches, length (l): 111 cm / 43.75 inches, wingspan (w): 172 cm / 67.75 inches.

Skill level
Basic stitches, single and multiple increases (knits and purls), single and multiple decreases. Cabled stitches. Provisional Crochet CO. Garter tab. Stitch patterns requiring some attention. Some patterning on both sides. Working with yarn held double. Working stripes. Elastic BO.
Video tutorials are provided for the stitches and techniques used.

Pattern notes
This pattern is worked flat with yarn held double in three Sections to form a symmetrical elongated crescent shawl.
Suggestions are given to customize the pattern.
Charts and written instructions are provided as well as clear video tutorials for the used stitches.

Pattern support
For questions about this pattern, please PM me on Ravelry or send me an email. Contact details are provided.

Thank you note
Many thanks to Naomi Parkhurst of Gannet Designs who created the original stitch pattern which is used for the edging of the shawl.

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