Colors in Search of an Exit

pattern price: $4.99

Colors in Search of an Exit is a open, airy crescent shaped shawlette in easygoing garter stitch with eyelets on the edges. The shawl is worked sideways from tip to tip with short rows to form the colored wedges, which in turn create a pretty crescent shape. Key design features are the purl bumps of one color overlapping with the next on the right side as opposed to the wrong side of the shawl and the eyelets bordering each of the wider colored wedges; just enough variation in shape and color to keep things interesting in this otherwise straightforward knit. You'll need three of your favorite colors in fingering weight for this shawl. I picked three hand-dyed semi-solids, but any combination that catches your fancy would look wonderfully. The pattern comes in written instructions.

SIZE: One size.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Length along top AFTER BLOCKING: 50 inches or 127cm, length along bottom AFTER BLOCKING: 98 inches or 249cm, depth from top edge to bottom edge AFTER BLOCKING: 11.5 inches or 29cm.

GAUGE: 14 sts/24 rows = 4 x 4" (10 x 10cm) in garter stitch AFTER BLOCKING.
A note on gauge: A key feature of this scarf is the open, almost lace-like, quality of the garter stitch. This is achieved by working the fingering weight yarn on larger needles, creating fairly open stitches that are opened up further by blocking the shawlette to the measurements specified above. Please take the time to make a gauge swatch and block it to make sure you can stretch the fabric enough to match the gauge above. You may need to use a larger size needle than specified to get the right gauge after blocking.

MATERIALS: Fingering weight wool blend or 100% wool yarn in three different colors: Color A approximately 110yds (100m), Color B approximately 190yds (175m), Color C approximately 170yds (155m), 1 US #7/4.5mm circular needle of 29” (40cm) in length or longer or size needed to obtain gauge, 1 darning needle.

YARN USED TO MAKE SHAWL PICTURED: Color A (peach): Araucania Ranco Solid [75% wool, 25% nylon; 376yds/344m per 100g]; color: 114; 1 skein, Color B (hot pink): Araucania Ranco Solid [75% wool, 25% nylon; 376yds/344m per 100g]; color: 116; 1 skein, Color C (green): Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Sock [75% merino wool, 25% nylon; 462yds/422m per 100g]; color: Canopy; 1 skein.

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