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Sargaço is the Portuguese word for sargasso, the type of seaweed for which the Sargasso Sea is famous. The Sargasso Sea sits in a still part of the ocean, providing the plants a place to grow and develop “a central point at which the floating bodies unite.” (from chapter 11 of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys) The central panel of this shawl provides the point of stillness, while around it swirls the foam of the ocean. Slowly one begins to see the stems of seaweed emerging until the plants fully form along the bottom edge. Sparkling out from among the fronds are beads, highlighting the waves.

Yarn: 800 (1,200) yards/730 (869) meters of merino fingering weight yarn that knits up to 8 sts/inch.

Samples: Indigodragonfly ‘MCS Sock’, (400 yards/365 meters; 75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk). 2 skeins in Bunnies, Bunnies, It Must be Bunnies, 8/0 Toho seed beads, Lt. Amythest AB (tb8r166).

Indigodragonfly ‘MerGoat Sock’, (400 yards/365 meters; 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon). 3 skeins in 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea, 8/0 Toho seed beads, Frosted Transparent Teal (tb8r7bdf).

Skills Required:

  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Following charts
  • Lace
  • Knitting with beads
  • Blocking
Independent Designer
Janelle Martin
Yarn Weight
Light Fingering, Fingering
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Skill Level
Featured Yarn
Other Tools: • 210 (310) size 8/0 (hole size approximately 1 mm) Japanese seed beads • Fine cotton thread for life lines • Blocking wires and pins

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