Cruising through my stitch dictionaries a while back, I tripped over a rather lovely edging pattern, called Shark Tooth.
Never one to miss an opportunity for a ridiculous pop-culture reference, and as a nod to my husband's favourite film, I came up with a plan.
Mostly in jest, I asked Twitter if anyone could suggest yarn the colour and texture of a shark. Indigodragonfly Kim replied, in record time: not only did she have something, but apparently it's a standard part of their line: Sharktreuse.
I was hooked. (See what I did there?)
I had to design something Shark Themed.
Of course I did. A shark-coloured shawl, with the Shark Tooth edging. But that wasn't enough. Oh, no. It needed that certain something... a little extra design flourish. Something to take it beyond the usual. Beyond the normal... beyond, perhaps, the strictly sensible.
Yup. It's a shawl with a bite out of it.
Which resulted in this sort of thing going on chez nous...
Conversations chez me & @normwilner: "What do you think, does this look sufficiently shark-bitey?"— Kate Atherley (@kateatherley) May 7, 2015
Jagged Little Wedge. A Shark Tooth Shawl.
An excellent easy lace project – suitable for knitters with even the most rudimentary lace experience. Lace pattern stitch is both charted and written out, and it's very easily memorized. The optional simple crochet edging adds an extra something. If you want to be a bit more subtle – or aren’t skilled with a crochet hook – just skip it.
Or don't skip it, and wear the piece wrapped snuggly around your neck, tucked into your jacket collar: no-one needs to know it's there but you.
I used one skein of indigdragonfly's Octobaa DK weight - about 250m. The heaver-than-usual yarn means it's a fast project, and has a little more heft and drape than the usual shawlettes. And a few grams of a blood red for the crochet edging.
And indigdragonfly are helpfully selling yarn and pattern kits, which include one skein of Sharktreuse, and a sufficient quantity of blood red for the edging.
Pattern available for $5 on Ravelry, Patternfish and LoveKnitting.