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Catoctin Shawl

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Catoctin Shawl
Catoctin Shawl
Catoctin Shawl
Catoctin Shawl
Catoctin Shawl
Catoctin Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • increases and decreases
  • familiarity with lace knitting

Pattern Description:

The Catoctin Shawl is a top-down, crescent shaped lace shawl with an intricate-looking, richly textured border featuring small and larger interlocking cables suspended between yarn over columns. The star stitches interspersed in the middle stockinette section on the shawl body add visual interest that is contrasted by a very open lacy pattern on either side.

Catoctin is a surprisingly relaxing knit with interesting stitch patterns that have a nice rhythm to them--lots of multiples of threes--and so the design is easy to memorize, fast to work and never boring!

Catoctin is shown in fingering weight but may be worked in any weight you choose. When worked at the pattern shawl size, the border will use up about half the total yardage, so this is a great design for two skeins of your favorite hand-dyed sock yarnthe shawl body can be worked from one skein and the border from the other, so you won't have to worry about blending the skeins.

The pattern includes large, easy-to-read charts as well as row-by-row written instructions. Also included are comprehensive instructions about how to work a knitted-on border, customize the size and block to the crescent shape.

Construction Notes: Catoctin starts at the center back of the neck and is worked down to the bottom edge. There is a two-stitch garter border on each side of the shawl. The knitted-on border is attached at right angles to the main body.

Yardage Notes: The green shawl pictured used 770 yards of fingering weight on US #6 (4mm needles). Some test knitters used up to 850 yards on the same needle size. If you are using thicker fingering or sock weight yarn that has a yardage of about 400 yards per skein, you may wish to go down a needle size in order to make sure that you have enough yarn. (The two test knitters that used a bit thicker yarn both used between 825 and 850 yards

BIG CHARTS! I highly recommend setting the "Page Sizing" on your Adobe Acrobat printing window (left side) to ACTUAL SIZE in order for the charts to print as large as possible.

Gauge:

5 st - 1" blocked

Materials:

  • US Size 6 (4 mm) circular needles
  • US Size 8 (5 mm) needle for bind off
  • cable needle

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers
  • blocking mats (nice to have but you can always use your bed!)
  • approx. 150 T-pins

Suggested yarn:

800 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Neighborhood Fiber Company Rustic Fingering

Colorway:

Anacostia
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Intermediate
Knitting
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Women, Girls, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized
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Hi! I am a former professional guitarist who at least for now am very grateful to be designing full time.

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