During the 18th century, sailors of the Royal Navy used tar to waterproof their work clothing and thus came to be called Jack Tars. This perky, everyday hap shawl in two sizes (petite/tall) is worked from neck to hem in simple stitches and color sequences on larger needles; it is an excellent choice for a beginning shawl project. Work the colors as stated in the pattern or devise an alternate scheme to add a personal touch; this design lends itself to endless variations and is easily resized to suit one’s yarn supply and/or ambition.
Substituting yarn and/or needles may result in an overall variation in size and drape.
Suggested Yarns: Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering, Bare Naked Wools Better Breakfast Fingering, Stone Soup Fingering, or Hempshaugh Fingering, Harrisville Designs Shetland, Blacker Yarns Shetland 4-ply, Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight or Spindrift, Christel Seyfarth Shetland Lambswool, or any longwool fingering yarn that knits to pattern gauge.
64(80) inches across top edge and 24(36) inches long at center back (blocked)
MC (black): 230(460) yards
CC1 (light gray): 90(200) yards
CC2 (dark gray): 50(125) yards
CC3 (white): 70(150) yards
20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette on smaller needles (unblocked)Needles:
size 7US (4.5 mm) 24-inch circular needle and DPNs for body (or size to obtain correct gauge)
size 8US (5.0 mm) 32-inch circular needle for hem (or .5 mm larger than gauge needle)