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  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Yarn Base: Seacoast Fingering
  • Yardage: 800+
  • Project Type: Shawls/Wraps
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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18” x 71” (46 cm x 180 cm)


Expression Fiber Arts SeaCoast Fingering yarn

Shown in colors: Brave and Free (C1), Edge of the Sea (C2) and White Cliffs (C3).

This pattern uses 1 skein each of the 3 colors of our SeaCoast Fingering yarn.

285 to 385 yds (261 to 352 m) of each color were used in the sample, approx. total 955 yds (873 m).

*Yardage estimates above do not include the optional fringe. You will need 15 yards (14 m) of both C2 and C3 for the optional fringe.

If those colors aren’t available, any from this category will work.


US size 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.


Intermediate: This pattern is for those who feel comfortable with knitting and have made several projects, using various skills and techniques. Skills/concepts include: increasing stitches by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch, basic Intarsia joins, working with more than one yarn at a time, and decreasing stitches by purling two stitches together.

Notes from the Designer:

Progress rarely occurs in a straight, uninterrupted line. Instead, we advance and evolve in fits and starts, our forward momentum often punctuated by plateaus of repose. We strive, and our persistence culminates in the attainment of wisdom, of greater understanding. This progression is symbolized in the Ascendance shawl by the interplay of strong horizontal and vertical textures and shapes, which interlock to form a cohesive whole.

Ascendance is a rectangular shawl that is knitted flat in one piece using three colors of SeaCoast Fingering yarn. You’ll use basic Intarsia techniques to join these colors together, and instructions are included for how to do this. To knit this shawl, you’ll progress through six distinct sections that feature a combination of Cartridge Stitch and Knotted Ribs Stitch. You’ll also knit a Garter Stitch border on all four sides of the shawl, and finish it with an optional fringe edge. Both written and charted instructions are included in the pattern, as well as a color schematic.

  • Click the Videos tab to watch a video tutorial showing some Intarsia tips and tricks to help you successfully make this shawl.
  • This rectangular shawl is knitted flat in one piece using three colors. You’ll progress through six sections that feature a combination of Cartridge Stitch and Knotted Ribs. You’ll also knit a Garter Stitch border around all four edges of the shawl.
  • While the sample shown here was knitted in three, semi-solid colors, you can achieve a completely different look if you choose one, two, or three variegated colors or combine a semi-solid color with one or two variegated yarns. A subtler, less geometric look can be achieved by choosing three colors that are similar in tone or hue and have less contrast than the colors shown in the sample. 
  • Throughout the shawl, you’ll encounter areas where two colors are joined vertically, and you’ll use a basic Intarsia technique to ensure that there isn’t a gap where the two colors meet. When you transition from one color to the next along a vertical edge, drop the strand of yarn with which you’ve been knitting, and bring the new strand of yarn up and under the old one to twist the yarns around each other. Pull gently on the strands to adjust their tension, and ensure there is not a hole where the two colors meet, while also being sure not to pull so tightly that it puckers your fabric. All of your Intarsia joins will occur on the WS of the shawl. Sometimes, you’ll need to move the yarn to the front or back of the needle to make this join correctly, and the pattern will instruct you how to position the yarn, so you can make the join.
  • If you would like to customize the width of this shawl, you can do so by adding or decreasing stitches in multiples of 5. You can split these stitches between the Knotted Ribs and Cartridge Stitch sections, but they should also be divided in multiples of 5. For example, if you want to increase the overall shawl width by 15 stitches, you could add 10 stitches to the Knotted Ribs sections and 5 stitches to the Cartridge Stitch sections. If you would like to increase or decrease the length of the shawl, you can remove or add a Cartridge Stitch Transition section and a Color Block section. If you add more sections, you will need to identify where you're at in the six-row Cartridge Stitch pattern, and begin the additional sections on the correct next row. The same is true for the final Garter Stitch Border, whether you add or remove sections. The Cartridge Stitch pattern is composed of two knit rows followed by one purl row. 
  • Instructions are included in the Finishing Section for making and attaching an optional fringed edge.
  • At the end of this pattern, you’ll find a schematic that details the color layout of this shawl, as well as charts for each of the stitch textures.
  • Because I am a tight knitter, I highly recommend checking your gauge against mine to ensure that you have enough yarn to complete the design. To help you match your gauge, the unblocked gauges for the Cartridge Stitch and the Knotted Ribs Stitch are included in the Notes Section, as well.

Designed by Monica Wesley

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