May 212013

Cauldron Full |The Knitting Vortex


Who doesn’t want to stir up a little love? This triangular shawl begins with many stitches and an enticing ruffle, then decreases the stitch count by 2/3 before the body begins. Strong ribbed lines lead to the top, with optional beads added for glamour. The reversible stitch pattern is bewitching from both sides, all in the service of love. The hotter and stronger, the better!

Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl,beading (optional; prestrung and crochet hook methods, with link to tutorial),decreasing. This pattern is both written and charted.

Size: S (L);approximately 42 (60)” wingspan and 16 (25)” depth.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino; 150 yards/50g): 2 (4) skeins. Size S shown in Cumparsita with beads, and using about 240 yards; size L shown in Redwood Bark, and using about 495 yards. The Silky Merino becomes very drapey when blocked, which is essential for achieving a straight top edge, as the body of the shawl is ribbed and the wings must be pulled up to avoid a point at the middle of the top. For a similar result, choose a single ply yarn with significant silk or other non-springy fiber content.

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (4); Size 6/0 large hole seed beads 422 9982), optional; 1.25mm crochet hook for placing beads; Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 28 rows/4″ in K3P1 Rib, 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.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

Cauldron Full of Hot Strong Love size L | The Knitting Vortex  Cauldron Full of Hot Strong Love beaded closeup | The Knitting Vortex  Cauldron Full of Hot Strong Love (L) sideview | The Knitting Vortex