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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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Sita's Special Shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Sita's Special Shawl
Sita's Special Shawl
Sita's Special Shawl
Sita's Special Shawl
Sita's Special Shawl
Sita's Special Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • lace knitting basics (YOs, ssk, k2tog, etc)

Pattern Description:

I designed this gorgeous shawl as a Christmas gift for a dear friend - the deep red of the 100% heavy-worsted wool, the simple yet elegant lace-work design and the fact that it's knitted up on #13s make this a great gift.

The generous shawl (approx 24- x 72-inches) will keep Sita cozy all through the Christmas season and on through the deep, dark days of winter.

The design is charted and written out row-by-row and uses approx. 475 yards (sample used one skein of Cascade's Eco-+ ).

this shawl is knit in one piece from one edge to the other
there is a 5-stitch garter border on each edge (included in directions below); make sure to ALWAYS slip the FIRST st of every row to create a nice, chained edge (included in directions)
stitch markers will help you keep track of the repeats (and the 5-st garter border on each edge)


8sts x 12 rws = 4" over stockinette (blocked)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- 24" x 72"


  • approx 475 yards of heavy-worsted weight wool yarn (sample used one full skein of Cascade's Eco+ in scarlet)
  • US #13
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends

Suggested yarn:

475 yards of Chunky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade Eco+