Yara

I shut my eyes in order to see  *

Inspired by the beautiful textiles Morocco is famous for, Yara is an absolute feast of texture and color. The tweedy background and the easy to work mosaic bands encourage some serious colorplay that will almost always lead to fabulous results.

Charts are given for a version with dark shapes on a light background and vice versa, so you can freely choose what kind of Yara you want. Go for dark and moody or light and summery, or everything in between. Use your imagination and creativity to make her truly yours, and I’m sure she’ll make you proud!

CONSTRUCTION
Yara is a very wearable, crescent shaped shawl. A prominent design feature are the vertical and horizontal mosaic bands that adorn the shawl. To achieve this look the upper body of the shawl is worked from side to side. For the lower shawl body, stitches are picked up at the edge of the upper shawl body and worked downwards.

SIZE
One size.
Approx 220 cm / 86.5” wingspan along the top edge and 53 cm / 21” deep.

YARN
Fingering weight yarn with some elasticity and bounce (wool or a wool blend).
MC: approx 570 m / 625 yards.
CC1: approx 550 m / 600 yards.
CC2 & CC3 (held double): approx 85 m / 95 yards each. This could be substituted with 45 m / 50 yards of a worsted or aran weight yarn held single.

Monochrome sample
Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Vilje, 100% wool, 375 m / 410 yards per 100gr.
Colorways MC: Koksgrå, CC1: Melert lys grå.
Jamieson’s of Shetland, Spindrift, 100% wool, 105 m / 115 yards per 25 gr.
CC2: 230 Yellow Ochre.
CC3: 587 Madder.

Green sample
Tukuwool Fingering 100% wool, 195 m / 213 yards per 50gr.
Colorways MC: Rotho, CC1: Havu.
Jamieson’s of Shetland, Spindrift, 100% wool, 105 m / 115 yards per 25 gr.
CC2: 1160 Scotch Broom.
CC3: 429 Old Gold.

Note: a darker MC and a lighter CC1 will result in light shapes on a dark background for the border mosaic, as in the Monochrome sample. With a light MC and a dark CC1 there will be dark shapes on a light background comparable to the green sample.

NEEDLES
Needle A (for the Two Color Broken Seed Stitch sections)
One 100 cm / 40” (or longer) circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed,
Suggested needle size: 3.5 mm / US #4.
Needle B (for the Mosaic sections and the 1×1 dots)
One 100 cm / 40” (or longer) circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed,
Suggested needle size: 3.75 mm / US #5.

GAUGE
Measured after blocking.
Two Color Broken Seed Stitch on needle A: 21 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
Mosaic patterns on needle B: 18 sts x 50 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

* PAUL GAUGUIN