The Earth, Wind & Fire shawl was originally published as the mystery design accompanying the Frida Fuchs yarn advent calendar 2020.
The large rectangular wrap features an arrow pattern in different textures: garter stitch, one-color brioche, garter stripes, and cute little dots. The random-seaming color sequence creates a colorful but cohesive overall effect that is supported by the fluffy stockinette background and garter stitch border with an i-cord edge.
The three original color combinations call to mind the elemental forces of Earth, Wind, and Fire; the fourth version, called Elements (but nicknamed Unicorn), combines colors from the three elements.
The shawl is knit in four parts: The three rectangular strips that make up the main part are later connected with knitted i-cord seams and surrounded by a border for a neat and finished look.
As the shawl was originally designed for a yarn advent calendar, it was designed to be knit with 21 mini skeins in fingering weight yarn and 1 full skein of the main color in a fluffy Alpaca/Silk blend. Feel free to use either a full skein instead of the 3 mini skeins per contrasting color or any number of colors to use up leftovers. The Lace weight main color can be substituted with a Fingering weight yarn without any changes to the pattern.
The pattern comes in three formats:
1 color of fluffy Lace weight yarn (about 300 m per 50 g; 1 full skein)
and 7 colors of Fingering weight yarn (about 366 m per 100 g or 70 m per 20 g; 1 full skein or 3 mini skeins each)
1740 m / 1903 yds in total
MC1 and MC2 are the same colorways on different bases.
Sample pictured in the “Elements” colorways.
Length: 180 cm / 71“; Width: 60 cm / 23 ½“
24 sts / 36 rows = 10 cm / 4“ in stockinette stitch with MC
24 sts / 48 rows = 10 cm / 4“ in garter stitch with CC
Measured after blocking. Gauge has an influence on the size of your finished piece and your yardage!
US 4 / 3.5 mm circular needles, 80 cm / 32“ long; optional: 2 DPNs in same size (or size needed to obtain gauge and optimal drape), and larger needle size for binding off
tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers
(English Version coming soon!)
How to place the stripes before starting the i-cord seam: