Initially inspired by the shapes of bat and dragon wings and the random nature of organic beings, however, this pattern took on a larger meaning with the Australian wildfires.
Now, it represents a bat wrapping its wing around you to give you a big hug!
Why might a bat hug you? good question.
$2 from each sale of the bat hug shawlette will be donated to WIRES and other animal rescue shelters for the on-going animal rescue and relief effort.
While the fires are now under control, there will be on-going care costs for the animals affected by the fires. It is important we don't forget about these animals care needs!
The design takes inspiration from the fact that like humans, each animal is unique and so will each bat hug. The Bat Hug utilises rolls from a 6-sided dice to determine which point section should be completed.
If you don't want to do dice rolls, there is a table of numbers which you can use to determine the next number.
How to make it your own! A simple design allows you to customise it and add your own stamp to it.
Each shawl will be unique due to the random dice roll which generates a unique section ordering each time.
But here are a few yarn tweaks you could make. *Want to create a fade, go ahead, make each section a different colour, that would look cool. Create a marle with two 4-ply yarns held together, that would add some fun colour texture!*
212 - 850m / 232 - 930 yds
Purrl Kitten Toe Bean Sock (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 100 grams; 425 m / 464 yds)
US 7(4.5mm) circular needles, or size to obtain gauge
While straight needles may be used for the smaller sizes, It is recommended that circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.
19sts and 26 rows = 10cm / 4" in Stocking st on 4.5mm (US 7) needle after light blocking
Gauge is not critical for this project, however, a different gauge may vary yardage and final measurements
6 sided dice (d6)
Inner curve: approx 65cm (25 ½ inches)
Long edge: approx 64cm (25 inches)
Short edge: approx 44cm (17 inches)
Inner curve: approx 76.5cm (30 inches)
Long edge: approx 89cm (35 inches)
Short edge: approx 56cm (22 inches)
Inner curve: approx 90cm (35 ½ inches)
Long edge: approx 128cm (50 inches)
Short edge: approx 70cm (27 ½ inches)
This pattern has been tech edited and test knit to ensure the pattern is clear, consistent and free of errors. However, we are still human, so small issues can still slip past us. If you have a pattern support question, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you within 24-48 hours