Sep 292011

Lumina shawl | The Knitting Vortex

Lumina is a reversible, squared semicircular shawl inspired by a glowing, hand-dyed silk blend yarn in a beautifully draping DK weight. Beginning with a garter tab cast on, it is fully reversible with a garter stitch body and easy transitions to the lace edging patterns. Designed to maximize every yard of a special yarn, instructions are included to customize for differing amounts of yardage.

Techniques & Skills Used: garter tab provisional CO, knit/purl, lace; this pattern includes both charts and written instructions for the lace edging.
Size: 15” deep and 42” across wingspan, after blocking.
Yarn: Barking Dog Yarns Cassiopeia (50% Merino, 50% Silk; 230 yards/100g); 2 skeins, shown in Pinot Noir. For similar size and drape, choose a wool and silk blend dk weight yarn.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle; US 9 (5.5mm) for bind off; Stitch markers (6); Yarn needle; Scrap yarn for provisional CO.
Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

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  6 Responses to “Lumina”

  1. I’d like to buy this pattern, but I don’t know what a garter tab is. Could you explain??

    • Hi Ruth;
      The garter tab CO is a neat way to begin top-down shawls, where the beginning melds invisibly into the top edge. I provide instructions in the pattern, as follows: provisionally CO 3 st and knit 7 rows. Without turning, rotate work 90° to the right, and pick up & knit 1 st in each of the 3 garter ridges. Without turning, rotate work 90° to the right again, place 3 provisionally CO st on left needle and knit. (9 st).
      It’s simple and works really well. I’m glad you like my pattern!

  2. Hi! Beautiful Shawl! I’d love to get the pattern, but I want to know what the yardage range is on it.

    • Hi Melinda; the sample was made with 460 yards (two skeins) of the DK weight merino/silk blend sample yarn. Really any weight may be used, and the pattern gives instructions for how to customize for size/yardage. About half the yarn was used for the garter st body and half for the lace edging, at the sample gauge. I would say that at least 300+ yards are needed for a small-shawl sized FO in DK; one 400-ish yard skein of sock yarn for a similar result in fingering weight. More yarn of course may be used, and the pattern tells you how. Knit On!

  3. hey nice shawl