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    • Knitting pattern for modular colorwork shawl
    • Schematic included
    • Suitable for intermediate knitters

    Pattern measurements: only inches
    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    Derecho - Spanish for ‘direct or straight ahead.’ A derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. One of these storms hit here in the eastern United States while I was working on my second knit of this pattern.

    A triangular shawl knit modularly in two directions to produce a pattern of interconnected stripes. Two circular needles are used to knit on one side at a time while keeping the other side’s stitches live.

    Techniques: garter stitch, knit in front and back increase, picking up stitches

    Finished Measurements: small: wingspan 129.5 cm, depth 56 cm; large: wingspan 167.5 cm, depth 81 cm

    Gauge: 22 stitches and 44 rows to 10 cm in garter stitch

    Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Fingering weight yarn in three colors. For small shawl, 180 m of light, 340 m of medium, and 120 m of dark; for large shawl, 360 m of light, 315 m of medium, and 405 m of dark
    • Two 3.75 mm/US 5 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will be keeping live stitches on one needle while working with the other
    • Point protectors for the needles not in use
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends