Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tsunami Shawl


Taking inspiration from our view of the North Oregon Coast, and our local warning system, I have developed the Tsunami Shawl. If the Tsunami Shawl is knit in a cotton blend, perfect for cool spring and summer evenings. If knit in blended wool, great for the blustery winter.  The shawl is worked with increases on one edge, and step decreases on the other, creating an asymmetrical shallow (oxymoron) shawl with plenty of wingspan, making the shawl very versatile as a cowl, wrap, or scarf. This might be considered an advance beginner pattern because knowledge of stitch and shawl construction are helpful. It takes a few evenings or weekends to complete, making the Tsunami Shawl a perfect gift or accessory. 

Finished size:  Shawl: 16”depth, 88” wingspan

Gauge: 24 stitches & 24 rows  = 4” to create loose soft fabric. Adjust needle size, and row count to match gauge.

Materials: Yarn: Cotton or wool blend in fingering weight 150grams/ 720yards

Photo: Tsunami Shawl is knit in JazzHandzFusionFiber.etsy.com; 150 grams/ 720 yards Cotton Fingering Weight Color Changing Gradient Yarn – Ocean - (Blue-Teal-Mint)
Needles: Size US#6(4mm), 24” circular needles
Notions: many hanging, and ring stitch markers, tapestry needle, kitchen/yarn scale

Abbreviations: k = knit      p= purl       Kfb= knit front&back       k2tog=knit 2 stitches together k2togbl= knit 2 stitches together through the back loop       RS=right side      WS=wrong side sts=stitches       S=slip stitch      yo=yarn over      yo2= yarn over twice, drop the second yo in the next round       EBO=elastic bind off
Special Stitches: 
Wave: (working flat: 12stitches and 6rows make the Wave)
RS & WS Rows 1-5: Knit (if needed, dropping 2nd yarn overs as you knit)
WS Row 6: (k2tog)4times, (yo2, k1)4times (place markers to note 12sts repeats)
Elastic Bind Off: Sl, * k1, insert left needle into the front of both stitches on right needle from left to right, and k2togbl; repeat from * (Cast on, Bind Off, Cap Sease, p123 variation; I placed a hanging marker on the 13th stitch thus 12sts used in the bind off.)

Directions: Cast on 6sts, WS: Knit                            (Notes in italic.)

Eyelet Rows
RS Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: S1, Kfb, yo, knit to end
WS Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: S1, knit to end
WS Row 12: S1, k1, * yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last two stitches, k2
RS Rows 13, 15, 17: S1, Kfb, yo, knit to end
WS Rows 14, 16: S1, knit to end
WS Row 18: Elastic Bind Off 12sts, knit to end
Work Eyelet rows 1-18 (increasing 6 sts per rows 1-18 set/step) total of 12 times, or 2/3 yarn remaining.
(WS Row 18 stitch counts: 24, then EBO12 = 12sts remaining on the needle; 30, EBO12=18sts;
36, EBO12=24sts; 42, EBO12=30sts; 48, EBO12=36sts; 54, EBO12=42sts; 60, EBO12=48sts;
66, EBO12=54sts; 72, EBO12=60sts; 78, EBO12=66sts; 84, EBO12=72sts; 90, EBO12=78sts) 78sts; 100grams yarn remaining

Double Eyelet Rows
RS Rows 1, 3, 5: S1, Kfb, yo, knit to end
WS Row 2, 4: S1, knit to end
WS Row 6: S1, k1, * yo2, k2tog; repeat from * to last two stitches, k2
RS Rows 7, 9, 11: S1, Kfb, yo, knit to end
WS Rows 8, 10: S1, knit to end
WS Row 12: S1, k1, * yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last two stitches, k2
RS Rows 13, 15, 17: S1, Kfb, yo, knit to end
WS Rows 14, 16: S1, knit to end.
WS Row 18: Elastic Bind Off 12 sts, knit to end
Work Double Eyelet rows 1-18, total 7 times, or 1/3 yarn remaining.
(WS Row 18 stitch counts: 96, EBO12=84sts; 102, EBO12=90sts; 108, EBO12=96sts; 114, EBO12=102sts; 120, EBO12=108sts; 126, EBO12=114sts; 132, EBO12=120sts) 
120sts; 50grams yarn remaining

Wave Rows (WS Row 2: Sl, * k12, place marker; repeat from * to end. The first set will have 13sts, the others 12sts, and a few remaining sts near the end)
RS Rows 1, 3, 5: S1, Kfb, yo2, knit to end
WS Row 2, 4: S1, knit to end (Place marker to note additional 12sts repeat.)
WS Row 6: S1, * (k2tog)4times, (yo2, k1)4times; repeat from * to near end. If 5sts remain, k5. If 11sts remain, (k2tog)3times, (yo2, k1)3times, k2.
RS Rows 7, 9, 11: S1, Kfb, yo2, knit to end
WS Rows 8, 10: S1, knit to end (Place marker to note additional 12sts repeat.)
WS Row 12: S1, * (k2tog)4times, (yo2, k1)4times; repeat from * to near end. If 5sts remain, k5. If 11sts remain, (k2tog)3times, (yo2, k1)3times, k2.
RS Rows 13, 15, 17: S1, Kfb, yo2, knit to end
WS Rows 14, 16: S1, knit to end (Place marker to note additional 12sts repeat.)
WS Row 18:Elastic Bind Off 12sts, * (k2tog)4times, (yo2, k1)4times; repeat from * to near end. If 5sts remain, k5. If 11sts remain, (k2tog)3times, (yo2, k1)3times, k2.
(WS Row 18 stitch counts: 138, EBO12=126sts; 144, EBO12=132sts; 150, EBO12=138sts; 
156, EBO12=144sts ...)
Work Wave rows until nearing end of yarn, saving 3times the amount yarn needed for one row of work to complete the Elastic Bind Off. ( I completed a Row 5, 150sts, 18 yards of yarn available, EBO.)
 84”wingspan, 14” drop before blocking. 

 Finishing: Weave in the tails. Block loosely.

This pattern is available on MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 6-15-16
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com
The Tsunami Shawl pdf is available on Ravelry (login needed).

Here are photos of the process: 
150 grams of  Jazz Hands Fusion Fiber 100% cotton yarn arrived!
I gathered supplies.  I also used many more hanging markers, a bowl to hold the yarn, and blocking supplies.
I started working the pattern.  I used orange hanging markers at the 13th stitch to note  EBO 12stitches.  I then used a green marker for the start of the next 18 row series.  I kept tally marks, but sometimes I looked back to check my work.

Looked good!  I enjoyed the eyelet.
After 12 repeats of the 18 row eyelet series, I weighed the yarn.  109grams was close enough to 100 grams for me.  I started the double eyelet.
I also placed the shawl in a gift bag to keep the progress contained and manageable.
I worked 7 repeats of the 18 row double eyelet series, and weighed the yarn.  53 grams.  It was time to start the wave!
I worked the wave, placing ring markers to note the 12st repeats. I also have the yarn in a bowl to keep the cake stable.
Near the end of the yarn, I measured, and noted 15 yards to be saved for the EBO.  I worked a couple more rows, and decided to EBO after a row 5.  This photo inspired the Tsunami name.

I soaked the shawl in cold water, and blocked using the mats, towels and pins. 

This pattern is available on MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 6-15-16
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com
The Tsunami Shawl pdf is available on Ravelry (login needed).

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