Raina Shawl Kit
A note about the pattern from the designer, Andrea Mowry…
“In my early twenties, I lived in New Zealand for a year. As I was creating this shawl, I found myself returning to my travels there: imagining the lines of unfurling fern leaves that grow everywhere, and the beautiful tattoos, sculptures and wharenui (meeting house) of the Maori people. In the Maori language, line is Raina. This beautiful word felt so fitting for this shawl of radiating lines, which reminded me specifically of the ceilings in their meeting houses. The lines working in different directions, built up by short rows, form a knitted fabric to frame your shoulders and warm your neck.”
80″ wingspan and 17″ deep at center
18 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch, after blocking
19 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in two-color brioche, after blocking
Brooklyn Tweed Loft, 3 skeins each in Fossil (MC) and Woodsmoke (CC)
275 yards | approx. 50 grams | fingering weight
100% Wyoming-grown Targhee-Columbia wool
Dyed in Philadelphia. Spun in New Hampshire.
6 sts per inch US 4 (3½ mm)
7 sts per inch US 2 (2¾ mm)
8 sts per inch US 0 (2 mm)
Fingering-weight Loft channels Targhee-Columbia wool’s airy bounce into feather-light lace, accessories, and garments. Like Shelter, Loft is a woolen-spun 2-ply yarn with delicate twist, specially designed for unique lightness of hand. It’s not a sock yarn, so treat it a little more gently when it’s on the winder and the needles. Once your garment is blocked, the stitches will cohere in a beautifully even and sturdy fabric. Lace garments should open up to reveal stitch motifs with relatively mild blocking. Loft has great flexibility of gauge; it can be knit on 2mm (US 0) needles for a dense and durable fabric or on 4mm (US 6) needles for ethereal open work.