Gare du Nord

pattern price: $4.99

I love the great train stations of the nineteenth century. They are sometimes called 'the cathedrals of the industrial age' and it is their architecture that inspired this shawlette. The asymmetric shape reminds me of the support structures underneath the awnings and massive arched roofs of the stations, which were both functional as well as decorative. Texture in the shape of garter stitch ridges and small sections of short rows keeps the knitting interesting, while the simple stockinette stitch shows off the beautiful colors of hand-dyed yarns. Taking just one skein of a fingering or sock yarn, Gare du Nord knits up surprisingly quickly. As the short rows require no wrapping this would make a good project for knitters who are new to this technique.

SIZE: One size.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Length along top after blocking: 50 inches or 127cm.
Depth from top edge to bottom edge on left side after blocking: 13 inches or 33cm.
Depth from top edge to bottom edge on right side after blocking: 4 inches or 10cm.

GAUGE: 22 sts/30 rows = 4 x 4" (10 x 10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking.

MATERIALS: Fingering or sock weight wool blend or 100% wool yarn, approximately 375yds (343m), 1 US #5/3.75mm circular needle of 29” (75cm) in length or longer or size needed to obtain gauge. Alternatively, 1 pair of US #5/3.75 straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge, 1 darning needle.

Orange shawlette: Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock [80% superwash wool, 20% nylon; 425yds/389m per 100g]; color: Pumpkin; 1 skein.
Blue shawlette: Cascade Heritage Paints [75% merino wool, 25% nylon; 437yds/400m per 100g]; color: Seattle Blues; 1 skein.

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