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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Not So Plain Jane shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Not So Plain Jane shawl
Not So Plain Jane shawl
Not So Plain Jane shawl
Not So Plain Jane shawl
Not So Plain Jane shawl
Not So Plain Jane shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understand knitting in the round
  • understand multiples and repeats across a pattern
  • understand basic lace knitting -- ssk, k2tog, yo, sk2p

Pattern Description:

I designed this shawl for my dear friend Jane, a lovely woman inside and out.

Knit in the round (so all rounds are right-side), this shawl uses about 500 yards of heavy-fingering weight cashmere/silk/merino blend yarn. The sample uses Jane's own, "Spring Gate Farm's cashmere blend".

The shawl blocks out to a 5-foot diameter circle, with a 12-inch circular neck opening.

The directions are charted and written out round-by-round.

A very fun knit!


4sts x 5 rnds = 1-inch stockinette in the round (blocked)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size: 5-ft diameter circle; 12-in neck opening; 24-in from neck to hem


  • approx 500 yards heavy fingering weight yarn (sample used Spring Gate Farm's cashmere/silk/merino blend)
  • US #10 circs (16" and 32" lengths)
  • ten stitch markers (one a different color to mark beg of rnd)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • blocking pins/wires/boards -- the finished size is a 5-ft circle

Suggested yarn:

500 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Spring Gate Farms Cashmere/Silk/Merino blend


light tan