I blocked my latest shawl yesterday morning.
Blocked, it measures approximately 64″ across the top edge and 32″ down the center back.
I knit this from 2 skeins plus a few yards from a third skein of Alchemy Juniper, so I’ve slightly over-estimated and am stating that you need 500 yards. So you could knit this from one skein of Wollmeise sock yarn.
It is knit from the bottom up, so you start with lots of stitches and work down to just one stitch on the needle. I used a U.S. size 5 needle for an unblocked gauge of 5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch, but cast on with a needle 3 sizes larger to ensure a nice stretchy edge.
It’s easy to make the shawl larger or smaller by adding/removing pattern repeats and this is explained in the pattern.
I cast on this shawl the day after the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan, so was thinking about those tragic events while knitting. I’m calling the pattern “Japanese Garden,” and when I put the pattern up for sale in my Ravelry store this week (should just be a couple of days before the pattern is ready — I’ll let you know when it’s ready) I will donate all my proceeds (after Paypal takes its cut) from this pattern’s sale to the American Red Cross for their disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific, for all sales of this pattern through the end of April 2011.
My new project is indeed being knit from Sea Silk — in the Moss colorway:
“Yes. I’m cross-eyed!”