Madeira is a versatile rectangle "Old Shale" pattern shawl with an unexpected twist - the ends are asymmetrical in width and have different versions of the stitch pattern. Most of the body is knit at 15" wide, with a simple 4-row repeat to form the traditional looking Shale. Then increases are gradually worked within the pattern, and it switches up to stockinette "Old Shale", making the second end of the shawl flare beautifully to 22" wide.
fiber: approx. 995 yards sport weight merino wool. Designed with Neighborhood Fiber Company Capital Luxury Sport (70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon 360 yds/4 oz) Color Charles Center shown in sample
gauge: 34 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in blocked “Old Shale” pattern provided
needle: size 6 or size necessary to achieve gauge; shawl is knit back and forth in rows, so use the straight or circular length you prefer
finished dimensions: 15” wide x 66” long (one end of shawl flares to 22” wide)
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Water's edge, shells, and ripples in the sand are the inspiration for this casually elegant, light wrap. Wear it to just cover your shoulders in the sun or in a breeze. Cozy it around your neck for a bit more warmth. You can wear Madeira in all seasons.
Neighborhood Fiber Company provided their Capital Luxury Sport for this design, and this merino/cashmere blend is particularly drapey, soft, and comfortable in any climate. Other sport weight merino wool and luxury wool blends are also suitable.
This design uses basic knit and purl stitches, yarn over increases, and direction decreases (k2tog & ssk). "Old Shale" has rows of knit, purl, and a pattern row with both the increase and decrease stitches. It's simple and satisfying to work. Enjoy its easy rhythm for the majority of the shawl and then pay closer attention as you increase in pattern and work the flared end of the shawl using either written rows or chart - both are provided, so you can use the format you prefer.
It is necessary to significantly block the finished shawl in order to achieve finished length. Gauge given is for blocked fabric in Old Shale pattern, so making a swatch of the pattern repeat is recommended when selecting your needle size.