Musa Bay

Named for the bay in southern Iran where tributaries converge before sliding together into the Persian Gulf, Musa Bay uses German short rows and broken seed stitch in a relaxed gauge to mimic the dendritic movement of water over sand. Knit from one end to the other in contrasting colors, Musa Bay is simple to make and striking to wear.

Skills required: simple increases, German short rows (explained in pattern)

Sample shown used Tosh Merino Light in Paper (MC1), Dusk (MC2), Moccasin (CC1), and Mineral (CC2).

Finished measurements: approximately 137 cm wide and 58.5 cm deep

Gauge: 22 stitches to 10 cm of lightly blocked broken seed stitch. Gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and meterage required. Since this shawl starts with just a few stitches, swatching separately is unnecessary; just check your gauge once you have worked a few cm.

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

Contains:

  • Knitting pattern for shawl utilizing texture and color
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 600 m of fingering-weight yarn 320 m of main color 1 (lightest color in sample), 175 m of main color 2 (center color in sample), 55 m of contrasting color 1 (short row color/dark brown), and 50 m of contrasting color 2 (wavy stripe color/teal). Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (superwash merino single)
  • 4.0 mm/US 6 needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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