This design is my contribution to the Synclines Shawl is my contribution to The Sun and Fog Winter 2022 Stone edition. I am thrilled to be part of this lovely collection.
The patterns and textures found in rocks and stones are infinitely intriguing and serve as an endless source of inspiration to art. The inspiration to this design are Synclines, which are folds of rock layers that slope upward on both sides of a common low point.
This shawl uses an asymmetric construction that starts with a small cast on and is increased along one edge. The body of the shawl uses a simple 2-color slip stitch pattern in the bias. Stripes of mesh stitches are used for the border.
The two stitch patterns approximate the look of syncline folds found in rocks. The result is a visually pleasing and stylish accessory.
The slip stitching makes for a thick warm fabric and the long leading edge of the shawl makes it easy to wrap around a couple times and keeps the shawl snug around the neck.
The stitch patterns are fairly easy to memorize and makes for a mostly mindless and rhythmic knit once you settle into the knitting.
The pattern is for DK weight yarn in 2 colors. But the design is quite adaptable to other yarn weights and yardages as well. I have included some guidance in the pattern for such modifications.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS LENGTH (ALONG TOP EDGE)
One size, adjustable.
67.5″ / 171 cm
15″ / 38 cm.
|YARN REQUIREMENTS||DK weight yarn in 2 colors.|
Color A estimated yds / m: 239 yds / 219 m
Color B estimated yds / m: 245 yds / 224 m
|YARN USED IN SAMPLE||Merino DK 4-ply by Golden Sheep Fibers (100% SW; DK weight; 245yd / 224 m per 100 g skein)|
Color A : Michelle’s Shells (Lighter Pink); 1 skein
Color B: Everything’s Rosy (Dark Pink); 1 skein
|NEEDLES USED||4.5 mm / US 7 circular needles min 24″ / 60 cm.|
|GAUGE||23 sts X 31 rows = 4″/ 10 cm, in 2-color slip stitch, blocked.|
18 sts X 28 rows = 4″/ 10 cm, in st st, blocked.(Stitch not used in pattern; gauge provided here for reference purposes)
Gauge is not particularly important in this project. However please know that your finished measurements and yardage requirements would vary accordingly.