Fluxus

Don’t go with the flow. Be the flow  *

Rhythmic short row shaping creates Fluxus’ undulating lines, evoking the shapes used by ancient cultures to adorn objects, textiles and architecture. Using four colors and various slipstitch patterns, Fluxus offers ample opportunity for creative colorplay.
Fluxus has an easy to wear shape and is finished with an elegant scalloped edge, that echoes the slipstitch shapes and highlights the wavy border of the shawl.

a  81.5 cm / 32”

b  20.5 cm / 8”

220 cm / 86.5”

d  52 cm / 20.5”

CONSTRUCTION
Fluxus is worked top down, starting with a cast on for the upper body of the shawl. This section is worked in a three-color tweed slip stitch pattern and shaped with decreases. For the lower shawl body, stitches are partially picked up and partially worked from the live stitches of the upper body. The wave pattern is achieved by working German short rows. For the scalloped edge, extra stitches are cast on, and the scallops are worked perpendicular to the body of the shawl.

SIZE
One size.
Approximately 220 cm / 86.5“ wingspan along the top edge of the shawl and 52 cm / 20.5“ deep.

YARN
Fingering weight yarn with good elasticity. Wool or wool blends are ideal. For the wave pattern, numerous short rows are worked. Therefore, it is advisable to use a marled, speckled, tweedy or variegated yarn as your MC so possible irregularities will be less noticeable.

MC approx 400 m / 435 yards
CC1 approx 425 m / 465 yards
CC2 approx 220 m / 240 yards
CC3 approx 140 m / 155 yards

Sample is shown in Retrosaria Mondim, 385 m / 421 yards per 100 gr. Colorways: MC (marled brown / natural) 400, CC1 (blue) 301, CC2 (natural) 100, CC3 (brown) 300.

NEEDLES
Needle A (for the three-color tweed sections of the shawl)
One 100 cm / 40” circular needle, in size needed to obtain gauge listed.
Suggested needle size: 3.75 mm / US #5.
Needle B (for the wave pattern and the scal-loped edge)
One 100 cm / 40” circular needle.
Suggested needle size: 3.5 mm / US #4.

GAUGE
Measured after blocking.
Three-Color Tweed pattern on Needle A: 21 sts x 48 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.
Stockinette Stitch on Needle B: 22 sts x 34 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.

* Elif Shafak