Jane Murison - Urban Hero

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If Batman wanted to blend in at a construction site while staying in touch with his sensitive side, this would be his go-to garment. For the rest of us, it’s the perfect accessory for staying warm and visible when we’re walking in gloomy weather (and magnetic bike reflectors make a great fastener). The choice of colours used here is the yarny version of a hi-vis jacket: grey, neon yellow and black “piping”.

Each short row triangle of contrast colour takes approximately 9g of fingering-weight yarn and prevents colour pooling, making this pattern ideal for using mini-skeins and strongly variegated yarns.

Design Notes

The shawl has a semi-circular construction, working round from the left side to the right (the stitch count remains consistent for the main body of the shawl, before picking up along the bottom edge). It is started, edged and finished all the way around with an i-cord, which adds to the warmth. The triangles use German Short Rows for shaping, and the bands inbetween have a simple chevron lace repeat.

Both are easy to pick up and memorise.

The pattern has been tech edited by Amelia Hodsdon and test knitted

Size

One size
Depth: 71cm (28 in) Wingspan: 183cm (72 in)

Needles

Always use the right size to match the recommended gauge: 4mm (US 6) circular needles, at least 80cm and 4mm DPNs (only 2 needed)

Yarn

MC: Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock (4ply; 75% BFL, 25% Nylon, 425m/464yd; 100g) x1 in ‘Grey Skies in Manchester’
or Fivemoons Artemis (4ply; 75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Stellina; 400m/437yd) x1 in ‘Misty Starlight’ (the sample is knitted in Fivemoons)
CC1: Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock (4ply: 75% BFL, 25% Nylon, 425m/464yd; 100g) x1 in ‘What Can I Say, It’s Bright’
CC2: Fivemoons Artemis (4ply; 75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Stellina; 80m/87yd; 20g) x2 in ‘Black Hole’

Actual weights used in sample pictured not allowing for any margin: MC - 70g (280m/307yd), CC1 - 90g (383m/419yd), CC2 - 25g (100m/110yd)

Gauge

19 sts x 25 rows = 10cm/4in over stocking stitch, blocked

Notions

Waste yarn, stitch holders (one short, one long), 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins and mat

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