The shawl was written during the lockdown period in the UK (which started on 23 March 2020). The lockdown was to help to halt the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the UK and to help save lives and reduce the burden on the NHS. A number of feelings were felt during the lockdown including disbelief, despair, greed, loneliness, isolation, sacrifice, helplessness, longing, grief and anger (represented by the grey yarn). These were intermingled with signs of hope, selflessness, co-operation, community, nature, altruism, recovery, simple pleasures and kindness (represented by the golden yellow).
Suggested needle size: 3.25mm circular needle 100cm long
Weight of yarn : 4-ply yarn
Yarn required: 2 x 100g skeins of Exquisite 4-ply yarn in contrast colourst yarn (at 400 metres/437 yards per 100g skein)
Tension : 28 stitches and 36 rows across stocking stitch for a 10 cm (4 inch) square using 3.25mm circular needles.
Other items needed : Darning needle and stitch makers
Yarn Ideas :
The pattern requires two 100g skeins of 4-ply yarn in contrast colours. It has been created using Exquisite 4-ply from West Yorkshire Spinners (80% Falkland Island Wool, 20% Mulberry Silk), 400 metres/437 yards per 100g. The yarn is available here.
Main colour - 1 skein of Baroque 177
Contrasting colour – 1 skein of Tuscany 369