Fiddle Knits Designs

East of the Sea
A shawl inspired by The Hobbit

Part of A Hobbit's Journey

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern includes line-by-line written instructions and full charts. 

The East of the Sea shawl is part of a design collection inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

This shawl is worked both sideways and bottom up. The lace border is knit first (sideways). Stitches are then picked up along it's edge for the main body. In the knit-1-long for this shawl some folks chose to cast on for the main body and sew the pieces together later on instead of picking up stitches. This could be an option for you too, however, it is not how the pattern is written.

Blocking & Size
Keep in mind that the finished sizes of lace shawls are always approximate. Your result will vary based on your exact gauge, yarn choice, and blocking style. When blocking my shawl I submerge it in water until fully saturated, letting it soak in wool wash if necessary. After soaking I gently squeeze out excess water. Then, while holding the shawl along its wingspan, I give it a good shake over the bathtub. This help to remove more water and also opens the stitches. Once this is done the piece gets pinned out on blacking mats. Don’t be afraid to stretch your knitting. You’ll know when the yarn has had enough.

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1 skein Fiddle Knits Fibers, Aria
[70% superwash merino / 20% nylon / 5% stellina; 438 yds; 100 g; fingering weight], Color: “Rivendell”

US 6 / 4mm 32” circular or longer
US 7 / 4.5mm 32” circular or longer
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Pre Blocking
20 sts & 28 rows = 4” in Stockinette on smaller needle
18 sts & 26 rows = 4” in stockinette on larger needle

1 locking stitch marker,
2 stitch markers,
Tapestry needle for weaving ends.

Post Blocking Measurements
62 (72)” wingspan x 20 (24)” deep at widest point

Photos by Erica Jackofsky
Modeled by Annalee Jackofsky