This shawl was incubating for a good number of months before I finally decided on how to approach designing it. I knew that it drew inspiration from architecture, but I couldn’t remember specifically what until I reflected on one of my favorite types of buildings to sightsee when traveling: cathedrals.
With that in mind, it all fell into place: the flying buttresses, high ceilings, and intersecting lines of beautifully constructed monuments characteristic of high Gothic architecture. The particular inspiration for this? The rib vault. This feature is the lines that cross and join in support of the roof on the inside of the cathedral. Combining slipped stitches for relief, crisscrossing intersections and cables, this shawl resembles the textures and silhouettes of European cathedrals.
Finished Size: 46.5” [118cm] wingspan x 26” [66cm] depth
Space Cadet Yarns Capella (100% superwash merino; 195 yards [178 meters]/100 grams): Feather, 2 skeins
Space Cadet Yarns Vega (100% Superwash merino; 218 yards [199 meters]/100 grams): Time Traveller, 2 skeins
To easily widen the shawl, work additional reps of Increase Section D. This option will increase your yarn needs.
Size US 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60cm) circular
4 stitch markers; 2 cable needles; tapestry needle; blocking pins
18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
1/1/1 RC without a cable needle
Knit through the back loop (ktbl)
About the Designer: Emily Connell
Emily Connell is an instructor and designer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She likes to design sweaters in particular, but also, more recently, shawls with intriguing constructions and clever techniques. Short rows, stripes, and lace are her favorites.
You can find her with her current project and her cat, Curious, who is always trying to steal or sleep on the yarn.
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