Familiars are the animal helpers for the magical folk. In the Appalachian mountains, they can take the form of a deer or a rabbit or even a bear. These creatures are hidden among the foliage and leafy decorations worked in the Familiars shawl. Look closely. They are there…watching…waiting…learning what they can of those who pass by.
This rectangular colorwork shawl is worked in the round using ten shades of Elemental Affects Shetland fingering weight yarn. The charts are based on 18th century European needlework and steek stitches are used to keep the right side of the project always facing the knitter.
It’s a big shawl that will keep you warm and give you a great dash of color in the process.
Kits available at Elemental Affects.
Finished size: 90.25” (229 cm) x 20.5” (52 cm)
Gauge: 4 in. (10.16 cm) = 24.5 sts and 28 rnds (after blocking)
Yarn – Elemental Affects - Shetland, 100% North American Shetland Wool, approx.118 yds/28 g (1 oz).
Color A: Mioget - 8 skeins
Color B: Dark Forest Moss - 2 skeins
Color C: Lichen - 4 skeins
Color D: Old Gold - 2 skeins
Color E: Midnight Blue - 2 skeins
Color F: Wildflower Blue - 2 skeins
Color G: Periwinkle - 2 skeins
Color H: Deep Garnet - 2 skeins
Color I: Burnt Orange - 3 skeins
Color J: Dusty Red - 2 skeins
Needles - US 5 (3.75 mm) 32 in. circular needle. An additional needle (smaller size, any length) for picking up stitches.
Before starting to knit, read the pattern carefully and make sure to check your gauge. You will thank yourself later.