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Texture and lace combine in Rioja, a pretty semi-circular shawlette with a bit of Spanish feel. Garter stitch gives it squish and the two very simple lace patterns open up the shawl and let it flutter at the picot-encrusted edge. Rioja begins with just a few stitches, and grouped increases are performed just after each textured band to give it its shape. This piece is certainly easy enough for a beginner, with enough going on to keep it interesting for more advanced knitters.
Rioja is a one-skein project, requiring only a single skein of sock yarn (which I know you have tons of in your stash). But because Rioja is knit from the top down, it is simple to make it larger -- and detailed instructions for optional sections have been provided should you have more yarn and wish to do so.
19 sts & 28 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Garter St
Note: Meeting this exact gauge is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished shawl.
440 yards of Fingering weight
Knitwear designer (you can find my work in Knitty -- the Citron Shawlette -- Knitscene magazine, Twist Collective, and "Brave New Knits") and mama. You can read my knitting "epic" at www.theyarniad.com.