It’s taken a while…but I am so happy to be able to share with you my latest design today 🙂
The ‘Three Thousand Miles Shawl’
A big old distance lies between ‘The Rainbow Room’, where this shawl was created and Magpie Fibres, home of the yarn used. Over three thousand miles in fact.
Earlier this year I started ‘talking’ with Dami, the owner of Magpie Fibres, over on Instagram. I took a very big liking to all of her beautiful yarns and when she posted photos of some amazing sets of her swanky sock yarn, I instantly fell in love.
Hand-dyed in the city of Frederick in Maryland USA, this yarn sang to me immediately and when Dami brought some hanks for me to try to Edinburgh earlier this year, I knew I had to do something special.
The shawl is worked in three sections and uses just over 1000 metres of yarn. Multiply the two and you get the distance between my studio and the home of Magpie Fibres, hence the name.
You start by working the cabled section, followed by the large main section and finally the opposite long section. All of it is finished off with one of my trademark favourites, an I-cord cast off. The result is a pretty large (Width 165 cm x Depth 70 cm), super soft shawl, which, I am sure, will become a firm favourite in no time.
You can of course use any yarn you like, just make sure it is soft and squishy and if you want to achieve the same size as my sample, I urge you to use a fingering/4ply yarn. Here is what you need:
Magpie Fibres Swanky Sock – 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon (or yarn of choice)
115g/345m – Sample uses:
1 x shade Baby got Black – Col A
2 x shade Love & Rockets – Col B
1 x shade Paint it Black – Col C
4 mm Knitting Needles (at least 100cm long circular for main body of shawl to accommodate stitches)
The pattern is now available as instant download from all the usual places to which you find links on the right hand side of this blog.
I hope you like it and enjoy making your very own, perfect for winter, squishy shawl.