Inspiration comes in many guises. Sometimes a design starts as a simple stitch pattern and grows from there. Sometimes it starts as an inspiration from nature or a garment seen out on the wild (aka real world).  The inspiration for Fireside came straight from Helen's gorgeous Copper Beech yarn

It is no secret that we are HUGE fans of Ripples Craft. I have 4 published designs in the yarn range and Joanne's Missed Kingfisher Shawl is also in one of Helens's yarns.  For me, the colours speak perfectly to the landscape of upland and coastal Scotland.

When Copper Beech landed on my desk, I knew it had to be a shawl.  Something really cosy and warm, but with a quirk, hence its asymmetry - inspired by the fiery colours and perfect for both making and wearing and sitting in front of the fire. I wanted something simple - a beautiful stitch pattern to show of the gorgeous yarn.

I really really love Tunisian Crochet, but the fabric it creates is thick and can be unwieldily and it doesn't have the flexibility that crochet has, with its back and forth nature. Plus getting a perfect top edge can be a bit of a challenge. Fireside took many many experiments to find the sweet spot of good drape, simple lines and easy construction. 

Fireside is a perfect design to make in any weight yarn.  Simply choose a hook size at least 3 full sizes bigger than you normally would for that yarn and away you go.

This Tunisian, cozy sport-weight asymmetrical shawl has already become my perfect curl-up-on-a-cold-day accessory. The sample has been made in sport-weight, but this would work well in a 4ply, with the Tunsian stitches creating a lovely thick fabric.

Finished depth: 38cm/ 15in
Finished wingspan: 112cm/44in

2 100g skeins Ripples Craft Merino Sport (Sport weight, 100% Merino Wool 262m/286yds) in Copper Beech
7mm Tunisian hook
7mm crochet hook (optional) 
Stitch marker
Optional: 9mm hook for working the foundation chain.

16 sts and 19 rows in alternating tks and tss to 10 cm/4 in using 7mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating - Intermediate

Skills Needed
Basic Tunisian crochet stitches including forward and return passes, increasing, working in rows, working into chain spaces, working into stitches.

The long foundation chain is made first, with the Tunisian stitches worked into it creating a nice clean edge. The shawl grows outwards after an asymmetrical set up, adding one stitch on either end through link stitches (explained below) and 2 stitches on either side of the spine.

Pattern is written and charted using standard UK terms (US conversions given in abbreviations)

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