Today, I am very happy to bring you the free pattern for the Ulva Lactuca shawl.
This gently crescent-shaped shawl is knitted sideways, from tip to tip all in one piece. It features a garter stitch body (to prevent curling), and a lace edging that is reminiscent of seaweed and waves. The width and depth of the garter stitch body can be easily modified to suit your preference.
Knit the shawl in different yarn weights to suit different purposes – DK for a heavy, winter shawl, or in lace weight for a light summer shoulder warmer. The version you see is knitted in fingering weight Zealana Kauri, an airy blend of brushtail possum, silk and New Zealand merino. This weight translates nicely as both a warm winter shawl/scarf and a lighter summer cover-up.
Designed in honour of the sea, and particularly seaweed – a sustainable source of delicious nutrition, this shawl bears the scientific name for Sea Lettuce.
To knit this shawl, you need:
4.5mm (US7) needles
4 x 40g balls Zealana Kauri fingering weight in K02, Kea (153m/167yd per ball)
2 stitch markers
The pattern comes written, with charts for the lace panel.
A note about the pattern: I have modified the shape slightly so that it increases and decreases more gradually from what you see in the pattern. I decided once the shawl was done that a more gradual increase would be a better shape, so this element has been incorporated into the final pattern. A further version of this shawl is being knitted with those increases, and you’ll see it in due course.
Many thanks to the eldest boy for his wonderful photography at Makara beach.