Tour de France KAL: Gavrinis

Last week I showed you some of the carvings at Gavrinis that inspired this year’s Tour de France KAL shawl:

Gavrinis picture from Wikipedia user Athinaios

And here’s the shawl Gavrinis. I knit this large semicircle with about 3.7 skeins of Loðband Einband from Istex (~910yds/832m). It’s a heavy lace weight yarn and I thought both the colour and the rustic nature of the yarn fit the inspiration. The shawl’s wingspan is 66″ and it is 28″ deep.


I also made a medium semicircle in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply. It took about 150g (682yd/623m). It’s about 60″ across and 24 inches deep.

Gavrinis by Natalie Servant (West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply)

I hope to be able to finish up my rectangular version soon to be able to show it to you before the Tour begins. It starts at the middle with a provisional cast on and works outward in both directions with the main repeating motif from the semicircular version.

Gavrinis is up for pre-sale now. Until July 1st, only the first 2 pages are available. This should help you plan out what yarn & needles you want to use and to get a feeling for the stitches involved. The full pattern will be uploaded on July 1st. I hope you’ll be able to join in the KAL over on my Ravelry Group. We’re getting started in a week on July 2nd!!

Gavrinis is $4 USD until the end of July, when it goes up to the regular price of $6.

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