I do have a love of Art Deco architecture and that extends to bridges. When my husband was watching past seasons of Rescue Me I used to watch the introduction just for the fantastic shot of the Manhattan Bridge. I love the angles visible from the side of the bridge.
(c) Jeremy Vyls
Naturally, I wanted to knit something inspired by the bridge, but I wasn’t sure how. My initial attempt was done last year for project two of Camp Loopy. I used 3 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh DK (2 in Baltic, 1 in Silver Fox) and created a top-down shawl/scarf that went from garter stitch to double knitting. I was thrilled with the final result, but working an increase in every row in double knitting was ugly and a bit painful. I didn’t want to subject anyone else to knitting this way, even if I liked the results:
The idea sat dormant for a few months until I was in Cat Bordhi’s classes earlier this year and it struck me that Judy’s Magic Cast On was the solution to making this idea workable. It led naturally into the double knitting, so I just needed to change directions and knit from the bottom up. Decreasing every row in double knitting is a snap!
I got in touch with the ladies at Madelinetosh who very kindly dyed and sent me enough Tosh DK to knit this again – the easy way! I recruited some testers and this has now been test knit in DK and fingering weights. The pattern’s recently returned from the tech editor and I’m happy at long last to able to share it with you!
This handy deep-V reversible shawl can be worked with anything from fingering to DK weight. The pattern gives information on how many stitches to work based on your double knitting gauge.
Fingering weight: 450-575yd of main colour, 150-200yd of contrast colour
DK weight: 350-400yd of main colour, 125-175yd of contrast colour