Nature in any season can be the most amazing artist, starting
with the incredible variety of greens in early
spring and the brilliant colors of autumn foliage
to the stark beauty of winter landscape. Shimmery icicles, like
beads, adorn the bare tree branches, which form complex lace
against the winter sky and even snow is often sculpted by wind
into beautiful shapes. These graceful shapes are the inspiration
for Gweneira’s softly
Gweneira is a generously sized shawl worked in a luscious alpaca
yarn reminiscent of freshly fallen snow. It
is knitted in one piece starting at the outside
edge of the cables. A set of short rows gives the shawl
its unique crescent shape, which helps the
shawl stay in place without the need for a shawl pin. The brushed
suri yarn is next-to-skin soft and it feels almost weightless,
yet it is warm enough even for the coldest winter day.
Z photos: Peter
Length at center: 20 inches
Width: 60 inches
Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri [67% baby
suri alpaca, 22% merino wool, 11% bamboo; 142yd/130m per 50g skein];
color: #900 Whipped Cream; 5 skeins
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
40-inch US #7/4.5mm circular needle
13 sts/20 rows = 4" in
stockinette st, after blocking
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
C6BDec: Sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold
to back of work; k3 from left needle, [k2tog,
k2] from cable needle.
C7FDec: Sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; [k2tog,
k2] from left needle, k4 from cable needle.
C7BDec: Sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k4 from left
needle, [k2tog, k2] from cable needle.
C8FDec: Sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; [k2tog, k3]
from left needle, k4 from cable needle.
C9BDec: Sl 5 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k5 from left
needle, [k2tog, k3] from cable needle.
C9FDec: Sl 5 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; [k2tog, k3]
from left needle, k5 from cable needle.
C10B: Sl 5 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k5 from left needle,
k5 from cable needle.
C10F: Sl 5 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; k5 from left
needle, k5 from cable needle.
Charts The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized
Click here and print the resulting
CO 359 sts. Do not join; shawl is worked back and forth
Work Rows 1-64 of chart.
Outlined pattern repeat section will be worked
21 times in each row. 233 sts remain when all rows are complete.
Shape shawl body using short rows as follows:
Row 1 [RS]: [P2, k9] 11 times, p1. Turn
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, p9, k1. Turn work.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k9, p2tog, k3. Turn
Row 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p2, k1, p9, ssk, p6.
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, k5, place marker, p1,
k9, p1, place marker, k2, k2tog, k5, p1. Turn work.
BO Row [RS]: [P2tog, sl st from right
needle back to left needle] until all sts have
been bound off.
Weave in ends. Block lightly, if desired.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Susanna IC currently lives in Germany with
her husband, two sons, eleven fish and countless balls of yarn.
Besides a background in fashion design, she has a Master’s
degree in art history and a Bachelor’s in studio arts, all
of which continue to inspire much of her knitting.