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Open Waters Shawl

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  • Seamless
  • Textured
  • Worked Flat

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Pattern Details

When I first started thinking about this design and what I wanted, I stumbled over a photography of a whale shark and its fascinating patterning. I looked at many other pictures, but somehow kept coming back to this one. This shawl is my take on translating this graphical pattern into knitwear - its wavy lines, its dots and the fluid overall impression. The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering turned out to be the perfect yarn choice - its amazing stitch definition really lets the pattern shine. Finished measurements 77“ [195 cm] wingspan along top edge and 32.5“ [82 cm] width (see schematic) Yarn Canopy Fingering by The Fibre Company (50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Bamboo; 50 g / 200 yds [183 m]) 5 skeins in „River Dolphin“ 250 g / 100 yds [915 m] used for sample Note: All five skeins have been used up completely - to make sure you have enough yarn to finish, please consider purchasing an additional one. Gauge 18 sts x 30 rows = 4“ [10 cm] in garter stitch on smaller needles, after blocking Photos by Carrie Bostick-Hoge

Recommended with this pattern

  • 40“ circ in size US 2.5 [3.00 mm] for the shawl
  • 24“ circ or dpns in size US 5 [3.75 mm] for the I-Cord bind-off

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I’m Melanie, and I combine texture and color into wearable modern designs that are both playful and beautiful. I design to surprise — from matching cheeky stripes with elegant lace, to choosing unexpected color combinations. I love to collaborate with other creative types around the world, and my patterns have been published by yarn companies and knitting magazines large and small. I live with my husband and three children in Bonn, Germany, where I find inspiration in the landscape, history, and culture.