FD-06 Pacific Islands Shawl
The color of the waters surrounding the islands in the South Pacific changes from brilliant blue to a dark steely gray in mere moments when a sudden squall rages through, but when the seas are calm the water’s edge has a special quality to it—waves of softest pale turquoise gently caress the sandy beaches with a sparkling brilliance that will take your breath away. Here a simple shell pattern that makes beautiful points on the cast-on edge is combined with an ocean wave on either side. Knit from cast on edge to the center in two pieces, the halves are then grafted together, or joined with a 3-needle bind off.
The confusion for some people lies with the fact that charts A and D have 14 rows each, and charts B and C only have 12 rows each. Here’s what you do: After knitting the 12 rows for charts B and C, repeat those rows again. So, as you’re knitting row 13 of A and D, knit row 1 of B and C. When you run out of rows for A and D, knit row 1 again, but this time you’re on row 3 of B and C.
Yarn: Lace weight, 250, 550 [600, 1050] yards.
Gauge: Approximately 23 stitches x 26 rows to 4 inches in the Shell Lace stitch, blocked.
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm).
Finished size: 8.5 x 51, 12.25 x 77 [20 x 51, 23.75 x 77] inches; 21.5 x 129.5, 31 x 195.5 [51 x 129.5, 60.5 x 195.5] cm
Notions: Large stitch holder and yarn needle for grafting are required (or third knitting needle for 3-needle bind off); stitch markers optional
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.
Charts B and C only have 11 RS rows, while charts A and D have 13 RS rows. After knitting row 12 of all charts, knit row 13 of chart A, row 1 of charts B and C, and row 13 of chart D. Then, the next RS row knit row 1 of chart A, row 3 of charts B and C, row 1 of chart D. Continue in this manner per pattern instructions.