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The Ostrich Race

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Before I was born, my mother rode an ostrich and my father was too afraid. This was a surprisingly formative part of my childhood as it leant a permanent shape to my vision of the exotic, bravery and gender. Since Mrs. Crosby is a world-wide traveler, I imagine she must have sat in a victorian-era hotel somewhere in South Africa watching an ostrich race through her sitting room window. Intrigued by the possibility of adding another accomplishment to her long list of experiences, she takes up the reins herself. Shawl fluttering in the breeze in the very same shade as the plumed bird she rides, the winner’s wreath is hers for the taking.

SIZE 68” long by 22 1/2” tall

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play Train Case [55% merino, 15% nylon, 30% outlast viscose; 31/2oz/100g; 425 yd/388m balls]; color Simone, 2 skeins

1 US #6/4.00mm 32 inch circular needle
Tapestry needle, stitch markers (4)

18 sts/28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch after blocking

One chart repeat is 4” tall by 41/4” wide after blocking. Gauge is not critical but may affect yardage.

The length of this shawl is cast on and worked all in one piece from the bottom up. Shaping is worked by binding off two full pattern repeats worth of stitches. It is very important to use the recommended cast on and bind off to ensure a stretchy edge for blocking.

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