Aurorae Shawl

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Aurorae are the spellbinding flames of light that gather in the sky at both ends of the earth. In the far north, in Finland, it’s said that the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, occur when a great arctic fox brushes sparks from the mountain tops with his huge fluffy tail. On the other side of planet, the Aboriginal Australians believed that the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, were fires from the spirit world: the raging bushfires of sky spirits or the glow of their ancestors’ campfires.

I love the idea that people from different places can look at one phenomenon and interpret it so differently and creatively. In a much smaller way we can see this same magic happening in something as simple as a knitting pattern, when the gifted imaginations and hands of knitters from every corner of the world create their own versions of a beautiful object.

The Aurorae Shawl gathers up the strands of that sense of wonder, with rippling shifts of colour and flickering eyelet lace. Aurorae Shawl was designed using a six colour gradient set, with both sport weight and fingering weight versions. If you’re knitting from stash, this is a wonderful way to use up leftovers from other projects: just pick six colours that blend or play well together. This asymmetrical shawl features garter, eyelet and slip stitches: it looks intricate and complicated, but in fact it’s a gentle, easy knit. An i-cord edge gives Aurorae a lovely, polished finish.


Size
Medium, Large.
Yarn
Medium
The Copper Corgi Gradient Mini Skein Set [100% Superwash Merino, 330m/360yds per approx. 113g set of 6 minis; approx. 55m/60yds per mini skein], 2 sets.
Colourway: Peackock.
Sample used 12 mini skeins (6 different colours), each approximately 45m/50yds, totaling 540m/600yds in sport weight yarn.
Large
Seven Sisters Arts Meridian Gradient Set [75% Superwash Merino, 25% nylon, 823m/900yds per 200g set of 6 minis; 137m/150yds per 30g mini skein], 1 set.
Colourway: Raven’s Wing.
Sample used 6 mini skeins, each approximately 114m/125yds per 25g, totaling 685m/750yds in fingering weight yarn.
Needles
Medium
4.5mm (US 7), 100cm (40") long circular needles.
Large
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40") long circular needles.
Or Size to obtain gauge.
Notions
Tapestry needle.
Gauge
22 sts/42 rows = 10cm (4") in garter stitch after blocking.
Gauge is not critical for this shawl, but a different gauge might result in a different yardage required.

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