Echoing Green by Jayalakshmi: Printed Pattern

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Echoing Green by Jayalakshmi: Printed Pattern

The Echoing Green Shawl is a top-down, half-circle shawl knit in two colors of Oakworth 4ply. The stockinette body is knit in Hosta and the lace border is knit in Larch. The shawl has optional decorative fringes along the central spine and the top of the lace border.

The shawl is the first of the four-shawl collection Four Seasons. It draws its name and inspiration from the beautiful, short poem by William Blake. The poem begins with a short description of children playing on a green, grassy field on a warm, spring day, and ends with the older men reminiscing about their youth, embracing the change from youth to old age. The poem contrasts youth and old age, with Spring representing life in general. Morning represents the beginning of life, the Echoing Green, and evening the end of life, the darkening Green. This Spring shawl is a celebration of this deep philosophy of life, reflecting childhood and youth in the light green shade, and old age or the end of life in the darker green shade with the falling leaves lace.

The Collection
The Four Seasons Collection Subscription is an exciting collaboration with Jayalakshmi (aka Jaya - @jayalakshmimh on Instagram) which will see the release of four designs, one for each season. Four Seasons is a collection of four shawls/wraps inspired by Jaya’s love for simple and meaningful poetry, by some of her favourite poets. Each poem and the associated design celebrate the season while also conveying a deeper meaning and philosophy of life. All four designs use Eden Cottage Yarns in a variety of quantities, bases and weights to beautifully capture the spirit of both the poem and the season

Jaya is a knitwear designer, and mother of twin girls living with her husband in India. She believes in designing simple yet elegant knits that are as fun to knit as they are comfortable to wear. We have been working with Jaya for over 18 months now, and every one of her designs have beautifully showcased our yarns so we know that the four designs in this collection will be well worth the wait.

 

Finished Measurements: 
27.5” 70 cm deep at center x 90” 229 cm wide at the ends after wet blocking.

Yarn: 
MC - Eden Cottage Yarns Oakworth 4 ply 100% New Zealand Polwarth; 436 yards 400 meters/100 grams): Hosta (1 ball) 
CC - Eden Cottage Yarns Oakworth 4 ply 100% New Zealand Polwarth; 436 yards 400 meters/100 grams): Larch (1 ball)

Needles: 
US size 6 (4.0 mm) and size 8 (5 mm): 32” (80 cm) circular 
Or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: 
Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends, blocking pins/wires.

Gauge: 
20 sts and 28 rows = 4” 10 cm in St st after wet blocking on smaller needles.