Laura Aylor shares the story of her Derecho
shawl, "Derecho- Spanish for ‘direct or straight ahead’. A derecho is a
widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly
moving showers or thunderstorms. One of these storms hit here in the eastern
United States while I was working on my second knit of this pattern."
A triangular shawl knit modularly in two directions to produce
a pattern of interconnected stripes. Two circular needles are used to knit on
one side at a time while keeping the other side’s stitches live.
Techniques: garter stitch, knit in front and back increase,
picking up stitches
Finished Measurements: small – wingspan 51”, depth 22”; large - wingspan 66”,
Yardage by value in samples -
Small: light - 195, medium - 370, dark - 130
Large: light - 390, medium - 340, dark - 440
Note: If you are using Tosh Merino Light or
another yarn with 420 yards/skein for the largest size, you may be able to get
by with just one skein of the dark color by leaving off the last stripe on
section 7 and then making the border in the medium color instead of the dark.
(This is to keep from having a stripe next to the border that is the same
color.) You will need about 35 more yards of the medium to do this.