Pacific Islands

The color of the waters surrounding the islands in the South Pacific changes from brilliant blue to a dark steely gray in mere moments when a sudden squall rages through, but when the seas are calm the water’s edge has a special quality to it—waves of softest pale turquoise gently caress the sandy beaches with a sparkling brilliance that will take your breath away.

Here a simple shell pattern that makes beautiful points on the cast-on edge is combined with an ocean wave on either side. Knit from cast on edge to the center in two pieces, the halves are then grafted together, or joined with a 3-needle bind off.

For a more complicated shawl with and ocean theme see South Seas Stole.

Pacific Islands errata before pattern update released November 10, 2014.


Yarn: Lace weight, 250, 550 [600, 1050] yards.
Model: Model scarf knit with Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Serenity in Tranquility.
Gauge: Approximately 23 stitches x 26 rows to 4 inches in the Shell Lace stitch, blocked.
Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm).
Finished size: 8.5 x 51, 12.25 x 77 [20 x 51, 23.75 x 77] inches; 21.5 x 129.5, 31 x 195.5 [51 x 129.5, 60.5 x 195.5] cm
Notions: Large stitch holder and yarn needle for grafting are required (or third knitting needle for 3-needle bind off); stitch markers optional
Difficulty:
Intermediate

Skills: K2tog, ssk, s2-k1-p2sso, grafting or 3-needle bind off
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.

Thank you!

Many, many thanks to Wendy Johnson, my wonderful test knitter for the original scarf, without whom this pattern wouldn't be the same. Thank you, Wendy!

Pattern notes:
Charts B and C only have 11 RS rows, while charts A and D have 13 RS rows. After knitting row 12 of all charts, knit row 13 of chart A, row 1 of charts B and C, and row 13 of chart D. Then, the next RS row knit row 1 of chart A, row 3 of charts B and C, row 1 of chart D. Continue in this manner per pattern instructions.