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A Shield Against Grief
This shawl design was inspired by LA Bourgeois’s article for the Giver issue, “The Mourning Shawl”. When I asked LA what types of patterns make for an appropriate Mourning Shawl, she wrote, “My requirements for mourning shawls are that they include mostly simple knitting and can include up to three colors.” A Shield Against Grief was created to fit that description; with two simple stitch patterns that make it easy to adjust for different yarn weights or final measurements if you so desired. However, I recommend to knit it up as large as you can in heavier yarns, as so to wrap a loved one up in and bask in its warmth and comfort.
When words are inadequate to help someone’s pain, a handmade project filled with love, compassion, and empathy can go a long way. As you are working on this project for someone special, infuse each stitch with the powerful intention of healing and light. Keep in your mind why and who you are knitting it for, and that energy will radiate into the fibres. The person receiving the gift will feel the intentions and blessings every time they wrap the shawl around them or run their fingers across the fabric.
Yarns Used: Shibui Drift (Worsted; 85% Extra Fine Merino, 15% Cashmere; 110 yds/101m). 4 skeins in Ash.
Needle: US10.5 (6.5mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle. A long circular needle is recommended, in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.
Yardage: 440 yds (400 meters).
Gauge: 20 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in St. st after blocking. Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.
Other Notions: Darning needle, stitch markers.
Final Measurements: Wingspan: 66 inches (167cm); Depth: 17 inches (43cm).