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I've found myself looking for comforting projects lately, and I kept thinking about how much I enjoyed knitting the simple, repetitive shawl I designed with the first heavy laceweight version of Blend No. 1. And about how wearing it felt like a giant hug. It was those emotions I wanted to re-create with this project, so it felt right to go back to the laceweight while experimenting with marling and proportions.

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1090 yds / 1000m of heavy lace weight with good drape.
Shown in Blend no.1 Laceweight marl set:
820 yds / 750m of MC and 275 yds / 250m of a subtle CC.

22 sts and 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in st st blocked aggressively

US 5 / 3.75mm 32" / 80cm or longer circular

Finished length at top: 100" / 254cm
Finished depth at widest point: 24" / 61cm

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From an aesthetic point of view, I began the centre of the shawl thinking of an idea I’d played with for one of my Follow Your Arrow mystery shawls. As I was knitting a simple triangle for the centre I was reading a book, Lab Girl, which involves a great deal of digging deep holes and closely examining the layers of dirt. It’s a beautiful, lyrical book and somehow the imagery of those uneven layers seeped into my knitting as I read. The result is a shawl that makes the most of the simplest of stitches to highlight the subtle, natural beauty of the yarn. I hope you find it as comforting to knit and wrap up in as I did.


    Lacustrine starts with a point, slowly increasing in stocking stitch, then subtly curves using garter short rows before decreasing back down to a point again. Once you have completed this central triangle, you pick up along the yarn over loops and start to make garter stitch short row wedges with stocking stitch sections and yarn overs in between. The edging switches entirely to garter stitch before you cast off loosely and block aggressively to reveal a large asymmetric triangle which can be worn as a shawl or a scarf.


    darning needle



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