I was also set this as a challenge. I knew that the young lady concerned likes bright colours so I came up with the idea of using some recycled sari-silk yarn I had which was hand spun by a local womens' co-operative in India. The sari silk was used in conjunction with a pure cotton "carrier" yarn just to help the garment be more stable. The shawl is completely reversible.
I used a form of mesh stitch for the pattern panel which put me in mind of the wooden screens you see in rooms in India.
My brother came up with the name - conjuring up thoughts of sitting on an Indian verandah in colonial times, sipping gin and tonics and watching the peacocks!
(Where does he get it from???)
To make this shawl I used a two strands knitted together of the following yarns:-
400 grams of recycled handspun sari silk yarn. (Due to its' handspun nature the yardage may differ from skein to skein) plus
100 grams of MCY Cotton Yarn in colourway Angelica.
I knitted it using a pair of straight 8 mm (US 11) needles and a pair of 6 mm (US 10) Crochet Hooks for affixing the optional tassles. The tension isn't too important but should be around 4 stitches per inch.
You could use any alternative 4 ply or sport weight carrier yarn. For instance Mohair would make a lighter weight garment.
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