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Berries & Bear Claws Shawl


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I have read that in Alaska you are never far from a bear--black, brown, polar, or otherwise. Unfortunately the only bear I saw on my lone trip to Alaska was a stuffed grizzly in the lobby of our hotel. This shawl was inspired by the bears I didn't see and the berries they feast on in summertime. The border will remind you of their claws reaching for the berries that make up the body of the shawl, while the center spine increases create a leaf-like pattern. The small shawl requires approximately 250 yards; the large, 500 yards. GAUGE 12 berries to 4" across, 11 rows of berries to 4" Gauge is not crucial to the fit of this shawl, but if your gauge is not accurate you may run out of yarn. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS large wingspan: 52" depth: 21"; small 40" x 16" SUGGESTED YARN 500 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Toots LeBlanc lace weight 60/40 merino/angora COLORWAY white

Recommended with this pattern

  • tapestry needle
  • 5 stitch markers
  • US size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, at least 29" long

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I currently reside near Denver, Colorado, because when you live in a place where it sometimes snows in May nobody questions your obsession with knitting. I was born in Germany, grew up in Texas, went to college in three different states and two different continents, and I'm currently working on an ebook about Icelandic knitting. When I'm not assisting other designers with pattern formatting, writing, editing, and stitch charts, I design, tweet, occasionally blog, and Rav under the name JelliDonut. I consider the iPad and coffee to be critical knitting accessories, play a lousy game of tennis, and bake a mean loaf of bread. Yes, all at the same time.