Kimba Shawl

Ambah O'Brien

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Kimba Shawl by Ambah O'Brien | Grab some yarns that light your imagination on fire and play with colour in Kimba Shawl, named for the Australian Aboriginal word for bush fire. Anything goes in this fun project – speckles or semi-solids, a gradient or a fade, wild contrasts or classic neutrals. The shawl starts with a garter body shaped with short rows to form a crescent shape. The dramatic flames of lace that form the border are worked in four colours, making for engrossing knitting as you race to the next stripe. Choose from the small, still generous, size or knit the large for a piece that can be wrapped and worn in a variety of ways.

Gauge: 20 sts and 52 rows = 4"/10 cm in Garter stitch, blocked.  Gauge is not crucial for this project, but variations will affect yardage and final measurements.

Finished Measurements: Small (Large)

  • Wingspan: 69 (100)”/175 (254) cm
  • Depth: 14 (22.5)”/35.5 (57) cm

Measurements taken after blocking.

Materials Used: Fingering weight/4-ply

  • C1: 400 (400) yd/366 (366) m
  • C2: 180 (437) yd/165 (400) m
  • C3: 200 (220) yd/183 (201) m
  • C4: (320) yd/(293) m

Sample knit with: La Bien Aimee, Merino singles, (fingering/4-ply, 100% merino, 400 yd/366 m per 100g), C1: Life Aquatic, (C1: Aimee's Shawl) Hedgehog Fibers, Sock, (fingering/4-ply, 90% merino, 10% nylon, 437 yd/400 m per 100 g), (C2: Monarch, C3: Fools Gold, C4: Graphite) Hedgehog Fibers, Skinny Singles, (fingering/4-ply, 100% merino, 400 yd/366 m per 100 g), C2: Fly Woolen Boon, Boon Skinny, (light fingering/3-ply, 100% merino, 400 yd/366 m per 100 g), C3: Ever

Needle Size: US 5/3.75 mm long circular needle to hold a large number of sts (shawl is worked flat), or size required to obtain gauge

Pattern Includes: Written Instructions

Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner

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