Knitting the Blue Heron Shawl from Faerie Knitting
Sunday, January 19, 2020
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Projects & Patterns
The Blue Heron Shawl, the cover garment on Faerie Knitting, a beautiful triangle shawl that resembles the wingspan of a heron, is worked in an unconventional manner. It was designed to accompany a magical original fairy tale written by Alice Hoffman, a story of a woman who runs away from her troubled life to go live with a family of blue herons. The shawl, though reflective of this fantastical story, is not a costume but rather a very wearable piece that has received great praise from the knitting community. In this pattern, the cast-on starts at center back and grows wider as is customary, but the stitch pattern creates horizontal bias “tiers” rather than a traditional triangular directionality. In this class, we will make a swatch of 5 tiers, learning how to get this unique effect, and then learn to pick up stitches and work short rows for the original feather-tip bind-off. We will measure the swatch and calculate gauge to determine the student’s desired length for a completed shawl.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase decrease; familiar with lace
Read the story Blue Heron by Alice Hoffman from Faerie Knitting, which will be sent to students before the show. If you want you can bring enough yarn to make the shawl, but it is not needed for class, where we will be working and binding off a swatch.
Supplies to Bring:
Approximately 200 yards of any solid-color yarn in either sport weight with a size US 5/3.75mm needle, DK weight with a US 6/4mm needle, or worsted-weight US 8/5mm needle. One removable or locking stitch marker. Crochet hook appropriate to yarn size.
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):