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First Point of Libra

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    • Knitting pattern for garter stitch gradient shawl
    • Schematic, in-progress photos, and coloring page included
    • Suitable for advanced beginners

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


    First Point of Libra is an ancient term used by navigators and astronomers for the equinox that marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere.

    A casual garter wrap is the perfect accessory for the warm days and cool nights of late summer and early fall here in the northern hemisphere. This triangular shawl uses a gradient set of five plus 505 m of the same base in a very light color that plays nicely with your gradient. Natural, white, or very light grey are good options for most gradients. (You could also make your MC very dark and work the gradients in reverse order.)

    Skills required: long-tail cast on, decreasing, increasing, picking up stitches (all but a very few of the picked-up stitches are along a slipped-stitch garter edge, which takes away all the guesswork)

    This is a very easy, low-stress knit. You won’t need the pattern in front of you except at the beginning and end of a clue. Great for travel or porch knitting. The simple design lets the yarn do all the work.

    Finished measurements: approximately 152.5 cm across and 66 cm deep

    Gauge: 22 stitches to 10 cm in lightly blocked 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:

    • Approximately 915 m of fingering weight yarn (505 m of MC; 75 m C1; 75 m C2; 80 m C3; 80 m C4; 100 m C5). Sample was knit in Black Trillium Fibers Lilt Sock (85% superwash merino/15% mulberry silk)
    • 3.5 mm/US 4 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends