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This easy and delicate shoulder shawl is a great transitional piece for those chilly fall mornings, or it makes the leap to winter wear under your favorite dress coat. The solid garter stitch body is a breeze to knit, while the Bramble Stitch border is deceptively simple to work.
Yarn: 900 yds of heavy laceweight or light fingering weight yarn. Sample shown in Impulse of Delight Merely Lace (80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 580 yards per 110 gm skein) in Blackberry; 19 wpi
Needles: 3.25mm (US 3) and 3.75mm (US 5) 24-inch or longer circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 22 stitches and 25 rows per 4 inches (10cm) square in garter stitch after blocking.
Finished Size: 55 inches (140cm) across top (not counting borders), 40 inches (76cm) from center of wingspan to bottom point, and border of 5 inches (13cm) wide (not counting picots)
Notions: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle to weave in ends
Pattern Includes: written instructions
Stitches Used: knit, purl, p3tog, slipped stitches with yarn in front and with yarn in back, use of markers, knit front and back, knit front back and front, wrap & turn short rows with detailed instructions included in the pattern.
Other Details: The body of this shawl is worked from the bottom point to the long wingspan edge with slipped stitches at the beginning of each row, then the border is picked up along the slipped stitches on both edges of the triangle and knitted outward.
22 stitches and 25 rows per 4 inches (10cm) square in garter stitch after blocking.
I started sewing when I was a toddler on one of those drilled out boards where you use a shoelace and sew the outline of a fish or a duck. Once I could wield scissors I started sewing dresses for my dolls.
I added crochet when I was 8, cross stitching when I was 10, beading at 11, and knitting at 16. And I started binding books in college.