Sydney Shawl by Miroslava Mihalkova

Sydney Shawl

October 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in tss and tps stitch pattern
4.5 mm
1200 - 1400 yards (1097 - 1280 m)
The final shawl measurements (blocked): 147.5 x 48.5 cm (approx. 58 x 19 in)
both US and UK
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Sydney Shawl is a medium size Tunisian crochet banana shaped shawl that is constructed from bottom up. It uses 3 100 g skeins of fingering weight yarn, which enables the shawl to be a great layering option. The pattern uses a variety of stitches, some basic and some more advanced in combinations to create a beautiful textured shawl.
The colours chosen for the sample in the photographs were inspired by picturesque Australian shores and the transition between the ocean, the beach and the quintessential red soil.

Skills required
Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and return passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian purl stitch (tps), Tunisian knit stitch (tks), Tunisian slanted stitch (tsls), Tunisian full stitch (tfs), Tunisian simple 2 together (ts2tog), Tunisian crochet cables (C3F), increasing under front horizontal bar (inc), return pass changing colours, return pass with decrease (dec), Tunisian crochet bind-off, blocking.

Materials and tools
We Crochet Stroll (75% fine superwash wool, 25% nylon | Fingering | 100 g (3.5 oz) = 423 m (462 yds)), Poppy Field (A) 1 skein, Guppy Tonal (B) 1 skein, Blue Yonder Tonal (C) 1 skein

Tunisian crochet hook size 4.5 mm (US size 7) with cable (at least 60 cm (24 in)) or size to obtain the gauge
Cable needle (optional)
Tapestry needle

The Sydney Shawl is worked flat RS facing from left to right.
The shawl starts at a left tip and grows gradually by increasing 2 and 3 stitches at the beginning of a row and decreasing at the end of the row; this gives the shawl its banana shape.
The pattern of increasing is 3 rows of 2 st increase followed by 1 row of 3 st increase.
The stitch count refers to the number of lps after RP (where instructions for FP and RP are not given separately).
The shawl consists of 3 distinct sections that are separated by smaller sections of colourwork:

  1. Honeycomb section formed by alternating tss and tps within and between rows
  2. Lace section formed by ts2tog and tfs
  3. Cable section formed by C3F