Lately, I've been playing around with different ways of shaping a shawl, intending to create a more flexible kind of shape that still can highlight a lace edging.
"Asking for Roses" is a narrow crescent, shaped with short rows, allowing a gentle curve to hug the shoulders, while draping gracefully around the neck. It's a longer and narrower shape than most designs that use this kind of yardage, and I hope you find it fun to knit and flattering to wear.
The name is borrowed from a Robert Frost poem. Frost writes about an abandoned house amidst a garden of roses, and two lovers on a walk. In my mind, I can see Mary wearing this as she goes up to the open door, to inquire of the ghosts within.
Asking for Roses begins by knitting the lace edging along the long curved edge. The stitch pattern involves regular decreases when working Rows 15 - 18. This helps establish the curved edge.
Then, stitches are worked across the length of the lace, picking up stitches as necessary along the side edges.
The flattened circular shaping is accomplished with a series of short rows, worked in stockinette.
Finally, eyelet details and an icord bindoff finish the top edge of the shawl.
Pattern provided in both charted and written form.
14 stitches = 4 inches in loose stockinette, after blocking
400 yards of Sport weight
Amy Swenson has been designing contemporary fashions for knitting and crochet since 2003. She has published three books, including "Sensual Crochet" and "Not Your Mama's Felting". She teaches across North America and blogs at http://www.indigirl.com.