Finally, a shawl

I have several shawl designs, the only problem is that none of them are published yet! Until today. Clarina Irene is now live, you can also find it on Ravelry.

arm extended

If you’ve been paying attention you may be able to tell that this is my green and white shawl done up in fancy new colors:

nameless wingspan

The new yarns are Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Ashburn and Monkeyshines. I love the effect of the multi-colored ashburn with the subtly variegated monkeyshines striped throughout just as much as I loved the two solid colors in my original. I can see so many great options for this shawl: a solid main color with wild, multi-colored stripes would be neat, two yarns with slowly striping colors would be amazing (you could choose two different colorways, or one, and work from opposite edges of the color repeat so they cross in the middle!)

wrapped shawl

Seriously, I can’t wait to see what other color options people choose for this shawl. But I do want to note the yardage requirement: 428 and 432 yards for your MC and CC* – those measurements only include 5% extra instead of the standard 10% because I really think you should be able to knit this out of just two skeins of sock yarn. As long as your yarn is over 400 yards per skein. Otherwise you’ll be trawling ravelry looking for leftover bits in the correct colorways. It worked for me, but it’s not a strategy I can recommend.

yarn overs and trim

I really like the way the big YO waves mirror the YO’s in the edging. The trim is knit on sideways at the end, which makes for a stretchy shawl with no tightly bound off edges.

drapped shawl

The name was suggested by Sally Wilkins (aka, “mom”) I knew I wanted to name the shawl after a historical figure, and really Clarina Howard Nichols is such a wonderful role model from our past. And she’s a knitter. Who could beat that?

Clarina Howard Nichols was a truly remarkable Vermonter. She successfully escaped an abusive marriage in an age when men were legally entitled to keep their wives as chattel. She developed a career, ran a business, and campaigned for women’s suffrage and abolition.

A teacher, writer, newspaper editor, Clarina was instrumental in the passage of the first laws giving women property rights in Vermont, as well as voting rights in Kansas. She became a noted speaker and political activist, traveling the northeast speaking on women’s rights, abolition and temperance. In 1856 she turned down the job of organizing the suffrage movement in New York because it didn’t pay enough, but recommended her friend Susan B. Anthony.

Newspapers noted that whether sitting in the gallery as an observer or on the dais as a speaker, Clarina always had her knitting in hand. Fans sent her skeins of yarn to show their support. One biographer has suggested that the knitting was a clever ploy to demonstrate that despite her radical politics, she was still a proper, domestic woman. Could be, but we like to celebrate her as a fellow obsessive knitter.

soft focus

*yes, I used slightly less of the MC, but look at the photos, the green/purple is clearly the MC

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