Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Week Thirty: Mackinac

Original intended release date: July 24, 2010. See explanatory post.

I know, I just published a freebie yesterday, but the testing is finally done on this shawl and I was too excited to wait.

My mother-in-law is from New Jersey, and loves the ocean. The closest she can get to it most of the time is her semiannual trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan. (Being from the Upper Midwest myself, I've always loved the Great Lakes. There's nothing like them.)

I wanted to knit her a shawl that would remind her of the shore and the water. I imagined I'd have some difficulty finding a yarn that slowly shifted from sand-brown to ocean-blue over the course of 800 yards*, so I created my own color run using three strands of lace weight yarn held together. The pattern is very simple: the diamond pebbles of the beach give way to the waves of the water's edge, and finally become deep lake (or ocean) ripples.

Of course, depending on your color choice and your point of view, this shawl could be something else entirely.

*(I feel compelled to mention that one of my testers did manage to find a yarn that changes color slowly over the course of 800+ yards, and it's gorgeous: Wolle's Yarn Creations. Check out Alice's finished shawl.)

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Mackinac is a semicircular lace shawl worked from the neck down in one piece.

Price: $6.00 (USD)

Yarn: The shawl as pictured was knitted with three strands of lace-weight held triple, changing the colors one strand at a time to create long gradients of color. To do this you will need approximately 2600 yards of a lace-weight yarn. (Pictured: Elann Peruvian Baby Lace Merino in Cafe Au Lait, Tapestry Blue, and Admiral Blue – lace, 4 skeins (2 Cafe Au Lait, 1 each of the blues)/ 200g / 2400 yards, 50% alpaca / 50% merino).

The shawl may also be knit using approximately 850 yards of a single strand of fingering-weight wool or another fiber that drapes well. A colorway with very long color runs will suit the pattern best.

  • US size 9 24” circular needle
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • blocking pins
Gauge: 4 inches = 18 sts / 24 rows in diamond lace pattern

Finished Measurements: Finished shawl measures approximately 56” wide (tip to tip) and 28” long (center back).

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