FD-47 Spanish Dancer Shawl
In trying to come up with a name for this design I wracked my brain for things with frilly edges—pretty things, feminine things, trees, leaves, flowers… Eventually I had it. There’s a very special creature that lives in warm, tropical seas, along the coastlines where there is both protection and food. It’s a type of nudibranch, or sea slug, known as a Spanish Dancer . It is bright red, has frilly edges, and when it swims it looks like the flouncy skirts of a flamenco dancer. Scarf is knit from one end to the other. To start, increases are made on the right side every fourth row. When scarf reaches maximum width it’s knit even for a while before the decreases begin. Stitches are then decreased until a small number of stitches remain. The entire scarf is worked in garter stitch except for the leaves. The fluid texture of garter stitch is enhanced when a ball of luxury fingering weight yarn is used.
Yarn: Fingering weight yarn.
Gauge: 21 sts and 19 garter ridges to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) needles
Finished size: 10.5 x 60 inches; 27 x 152 cm
Notions: 2 stitch markers; lifelines are optional
Skills: K2tog, ssk, YO, double YO, k3 tog, s1-k2tog-psso.
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.