Lewis Bay

To stick with my water theme (it seems), I present a new shawl, Lewis Bay.

This Lewis Bay was inspired by this Lewis Bay in Hyannis: 

In November of 2010, I had a hare-brained scheme to take a long weekend trip to Cape Cod.  The kids had off for Veterans Day which fell on a Friday, so we took off and spent the weekend in Hyannis.  Couldn’t go swimming, didn’t go whale-watching, but boy did we have a good family time in those few days.  The town was quiet (unlike in the summer) but the weather was absolutely magnificent, not for a New England November, but for a New England September.  Just gorgeous.  We spent our days trolling around the beaches and we even spent an afternoon in Salem, which was fun even though Halloween was over.

Lewis Bay is very close to the village of Hyannis and it’s a little too populated for my beach taste, but it is magnificent and the water and light had that bright, crisp quality to it that only comes on a clear autumn day.

I came home and whipped up this shawl, which I wasn’t quite happy with.  The center panel seemed to distort too much and I couldn’t block out the distortion.

So then I tried another one.  Better, but I still wasn’t happy with it.  After fiddling with the stitch pattern border and center insertion panel, I finally came up with something I like.

These are the details:

Construction:  From the bottom up.  All the stitches are cast on.  Then on each right-side row, 4 stitches are decreased until you finally have 8 stitches — 4 on each needle — which are then grafted together.

Sizes: Small:  45½” x  18½” (115.5 cm x 47 cm) and Large:  64½” x 29” (163.75 cm x 73.5 cm)

Yarn:  Madelinetosh “Tosh Merino Light”  – 2 skeins or any fingering weight yarn (approx. 450 yds (413 m) for size Small and approx. 590 yds (540 m) for size Large)

Until June 7th, buy the Lewis Bay shawl pattern for 20% off.

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