Penn Cove

Penn Cove

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Penn Cove is a slightly tapered rectangle shawl that’s knit it two different directions. It begins with a narrow panel of garter stitch rows and cables. Then stitches are picked up on one edge of this panel and the shawl body is worked in long pattern rows. There are small cables running along both sides of the shawl and an I-cord bind off to neatly finish the top edge.

fiber: approximately 960 yards sport weight merino wool. Designed with Abundant Earth Fiber Sacred Ground (100% non-superwash sport weight merino wool, 360 yards/100 grams) shown in Abundant Earth Fiber Wool Tincture color Sage as a single color shawl, and Wool Tincture colors Shade 2 (A) & Citrine (B) as a two color shawl; Yardages needed for a single color shawl 960; and for a two color shawl 300 color A & 660 color B

gauge: 20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches, in blocked garter stitch fabric

needle: 32” or preferred length size 6 circular, or size necessary to achieve gauge; cable needle in similar size; use stitch markers

finished dimensions: bottom edge 65” long and top edge 52” long, 19” wide

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This shawl design is a tribute to my childhood in the Pacific Northwest. It includes gansey motifs from old seafarer pullovers of 19th century Netherlands. I’ve used lacy chevrons and zigzag and bramble stitch patterns to interpret the mountains, sea, wild shoreline and forests of Whidbey Island, Washington.

My family had a particular fondness for this island. Ferry rides, beach fires, and picnics; building forts with huge driftwood, gathering whatever smooth stones and other treasures the tides had offered up, exploring the water’s edge with the backdrop of evergreens and rugged bluffs - Penn Cove gives expression to these cherished memories.

This design uses basic knit and purl stitches, yarn over increases, directional decreases, and basic cables. The stitch patterns are provided in written rows. Additional instructions for picking up stitches and I-cord bind off are included in the pattern.

Abundant Earth Fiber provided their Sacred Ground base for this design, an undyed, non-superwash 100% merino base that is bouncy and full of body. Other sport weight merino wool and luxury wool blends are also suitable, but they may give different results. Also available from Abundant Earth Fiber are Wool Tincture packets for hand dying - the skeins for these sample shawls were dyed by the designer using this product and colors are listed above.

Learn more about the inspiration for this shawl in my Seawords blog here and search #spoutknitspenncove on Instagram to see my process of hand dying the skeins for these samples.

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