The Rockpooling Shawl is our third pattern of the season. A traditional triangle shape with contemporary detailing, it features an easy but evocative slip-stitch pattern. The three colour Rockpooling Shawl offers plenty of scope: go for a sharp contrast or a more gentle dappled effect. A smart garter border finishes it all off beautifully.
When the tide is out, there are wonders to be found in the shallow rock pools along the shore. To see what there is to see you have to crouch down, get very still, and peer very keenly into each puddle. You have to take your time, and you may have to visit a few pools before you strike gold. The reflection of sunlight on the water glitters, you squint, and then it’s there, and you’re rewarded with a moment of pure delight.
A flicker of movement turns out to be a shy little hermit crab, a bouncing company of prawns, or a troupe of busy little fish. Look deeper, and you may even spy a waving anemone among the seaweed or one perfect starfish hidden in the sand. Moving from pool to pool, exploring and discovering and wondering: it is a wonderful way to spend a few hours at the seaside. Compared to the wildness of the open ocean, rockpooling seems a very small sort of adventure. Sometimes that’s the very best kind.
The Wool Kitchen BFL Silk DK
55% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 45% Silk; 212m/232yds per 100g skein,
3 x 100g skeins,
Colour A: Skyfall
Colour B: Wild Swimming
Colour C: Cobalt
Actual yarn used
Colour A: 90g or 191m/209yds
Colour B: 80g or 170m/186yds
Colour C: 95g or 201m/220yds
5mm (US 8), 100cm (40”) long
circular needles (or size to obtain
1 stitch marker
16 sts/25 rows = 10cm (4”) in
stockinette stitch after blocking
Rows 126, 128 and 130 should all be the same as row 124 and end in k2, rather than k3, k4 or k5.