I spent much of the summer pondering what kind of project I could do for my annual not-mystery knit-a-long and kept coming up empty. I was nearly ready to call it a wash and shelve the NMKAL this year. But then, as we crossed the Currituck Sound on our way home from our annual family week at the beach, inspiration struck: a 2-color shawl featuring stitch patterns I’d used in various designs over the years! After that, the pattern fell into place quickly, and the Currituck Sound shawl was born. It uses 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn and utilizes a design element I’ve employed frequently over the years: slipped stitches. They’re so versatile and Currituck Sound shows off the ways they can be used to create dramatically different stitch patterns.
Size: One size, approx. 50 ½”/128.5 cm long, 37 ½”/95 cm deep and 63”/160 cm on the diagonal (see schematic)
Yarn: Two 425 yd/390 m+ skeins of fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors
Please note that your gauge as well as your design choices will impact the total amount of each color needed.
Samples shown in:
Sample A: Magpie Fibers Solo Fingering, 100% superwash Merino wool, 434yd/115g (397 m/4 oz): 1 skein in Tupelo Honey (MC) and Neighborhood Fiber Co Rustic Fingering, 100% superwash Merino wool, 475 yd/115g (435 m/4 oz), 1 skein in Parkland (CC)
Sample B: Duck Duck Wool Silky Singleton, 70% Merino wool, 30% silk, 438 yd/100 g (400 m/4 oz): 1 skein in Don’t Be Ranunculus (MC); and Wandering Wool Saranac Fingering, 100% Merino wool, 400 yd/100 g (365 m/4 oz): 1 skein in Deep Amethyst (CC)
Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch
Exact gauge is not essential but will impact the amount of yarn needed and the final dimensions of your shawl
Needles: US 6/4 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 5/3.75 mm, or 1 size below needle used for gauge
Notions: yarn needle, stitch markers