Exploration Station by Stephen West is a super-fun pattern to knit. Using four colours of 4ply/fingering weight yarn, Stephen teaches you a whole range of easy techniques that will blow your mind! For the adventurous beginner, this is the perfect project to get you started with shawl knitting and introduce you to the joy of using hand-dyed yarns. We think that everyone should make one, or two, or more Exploration Stations in their lifetime!

This top down semi-circle shawl begins with Westknits shortcut rows and yarn overs followed by two-colour brioche ribbing, slipped stitches, stripes, and finally a beautiful chevron border. Choose 4 colours of yarn and enjoy the playful knitting journey!

We've put together some beautiful kits for this fabulous shawl in MadTosh Tosh Merino Light. If you've ever been in our store and admired Deb or Janine's shawls, then now is your chance to make your own. 

Please note: Exploration Station pattern is not included in the kit and needs to be purchased separately through Ravelry.

Finished Measurements: 22” / 56cm from cast on to bind off, 70”/ 178cm wingspan length. Measurements taken after blocking.

  • The kit contains 4 skeins of MadTosh Tosh Merino Light
  • 4ply / fingering weight
  • 100% superwash merino wool
  • 384m / 420 yds per 100g skein 
  • Needle or hook size: 2.25mm - 3.75mm / US 1-2 
  • Knit gauge: 26-30 sts to 10cm on a 2.25-2.75mm needle
  • Crochet gauge: 21-32 sts to 10cm
  • Care: Hand wash below 30oC, dry flat

Please note: MadelineTosh yarns do not come in dye lots. They are dyed by hand in small batches in Texas from wool ethically sourced in South Africa. The beauty of hand-dyed yarns is that each hank is a unique work of art, so please be aware that there can be a variation in colouring, hue and saturation, even within the same dye batch. We suggest using two skeins and alternating rows to ensure there is no obvious line when you change skeins. Dark colours may bleed with the first few washes.

Length 384m
Weight 100g
Brand Madelinetosh
Shipping Dimensions W0.140m H0.120m L0.240m
Shipping Weight 0.4000kg
Shipping Cubic 0.004032000m3

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