Sustain the Sea: Ulva Lactuca shawl

Happy Holidays!

Today, I am very happy to bring you the free pattern for the Ulva Lactuca shawl.

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.

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Designed in honour of the sea, and particularly seaweed – a sustainable source of delicious nutrition, this shawl bears the scientific name for Sea Lettuce.

Ulva 4

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.

Download the free pattern here: Ulva Lactuca Shawl or from Ravelry.

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.

Makara beachHappy Knitting, and here’s to a Happy, Healthy, Productive and Sustainable 2014!

22 thoughts on “Sustain the Sea: Ulva Lactuca shawl

  1. The shawl beautifully reflects the landscape as well as the colour of the seaweed.
    Thank you for your posts during the year and I hope you have a healthy, happy, sustainable and productive year too. Merry Christmas. Heather (Gippsland Granny)

  2. Thank you for the amazing pattern and the meaning behind it. Beautiful photos, lovely model :)…I’m adding this to my knit list, and know that you and your wisdom of the sea will be thought of everytime I pull it out. 🙂 How beautiful is that!!! 🙂 I love your posts! Thanks so much for sharing…Blessings…

  3. Thank you very much. The pattern, along with everything that it means – your intention, concerns and effort, are very much appreciated.

  4. It look lovely and – more importantly – like something I could wear without looking like a little old lady.

  5. you’ve done it again 🙂
    thank you for another gorgeous pattern, great story & excellent photos! isn’t the coastline around wellington amazingly rugged & very beautiful.
    looking at the colours which are available in the Zealana Kauri fingering weight several of them would look fantastic in your pattern

    1. Thank you. 🙂 I do love the Wellington coastline. It is very picturesque. You are right about the Kauri colours – there are a few there that will look lovely in this design.

  6. Hey there, I recently stumbled across your blog and I love it – this pattern is beautiful. I’m still really new to knitting though and wondered if you could clarify for me – what does the ‘patten repeat’ box next to the chart mean? Does it just mean that I should knit one? Sorry if that sounds silly!

    1. I’m so glad you like the design. 🙂 The pattern repeat boxes mean that the marked rows indicate the repeat of rows that you knit for the wave chart and the seaweed chart from beginning to end. Therefore, when the pattern says “begin seaweed chart” you start row 1 of that chart and work across it, then “begin wave chart” means you next knit from row 1 of that chart, and so on and so forth until you get to row 13 (then allow for one return row as instructed) and then you start again at row 1. Hope that helps!

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