Thistles are hearty plants that provide an important source of nectar for bees and butterflies. They are a sure sign of spring and can quickly grow to overtake a variety of habitats. This shawl is inspired by meadows of purple thistles. This lightweight triangular shawl is perfect for cool spring weather. Select three shades of yarn that have significant contrast to help the thistle pattern shine through.
Size: One Size. 77” (196 cm) wingspan along top edge and 31” (79 cm) width, measured after a light blocking.
Yarn: Theodoras Pearls “Auxanometer” (100% Manufactured Fibers - Rayon from Bamboo), Fingering weight, 400 yds (366 m), 4 oz (115 g) One skein each in:
C1: Thistle (Approx. 364 yds (333 m) needed)
C2: Iced Berry (Approx. 325 yds (297 m) needed)
C3: Teenage Dream (Approx. 310 yds (284 m) needed)
Or similar weight yarn to achieve gauge
US4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, or size to obtain gauge, 47” (120 cm) or longer US3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, or one size smaller than needles used to obtain gauge, 47” (120 cm) or longer
Notions: Tapestry needle Stitch markers (15 including 2 unique markers)
Gauge: 29 stitches and 26 rows = 4” /10 cm in a mosaic colorwork swatch. Exact gauge is not critical but will affect the size of the shawl and yarn requirements.
Techniques Required: Standard increases/decreases, mosaic colorwork (instructions included)
Additional Notes: The pattern is written out, the colorwork is only charted. Pattern has been both tech edited and test knit.