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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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Spirit of the Southwest shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Spirit of the Southwest shawl
Spirit of the Southwest shawl
Spirit of the Southwest shawl
Spirit of the Southwest shawl
Spirit of the Southwest shawl
Spirit of the Southwest shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic lace - k2tog, ssk, yo, etc
  • ability to work with many sts (when you're done, you have over 400 sts on the needle)

Pattern Description:

The colors - a dark rich turquoise teamed with adobe gold and dusty burgundy - shown in this uniquely-shaped shawl are reminiscent of the the Southwest United States and all the romance and history of that area.

This shawl is worked from the neck-edge down, with subtle shaping and a simple lace design that shows the hand-dyed fingering-weight yarn to perfection.

A fun knit and a gorgeous garment that works with jeans or a fancy dress - what more could you need?

Directions are charted and row-by-row.

shawl is knit in one piece, starting at the neck edge
always slip the first st of every row to ensure a nice selvage
inc are strategically placed to ensure a rounded back with straight front edges
the lace portions in dark turquoise are offset by the garter stripes in the multi-colored yarn
the hem is finished with an original, chevron-lace stitch
there is an abbreviations list on page 5 of this design; any questions, please email me


16sts x 28rws = 4" stockinette worked flat and blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size fits most -- neck to hem = 19", neck edge = 54", hem edge = 92"


  • approx 920 yards of fingering weight - sample used Hazel Knits Artisan Sock -- 600 yards Splish Splash, 320 yards Federal
  • US #5 circs (40" or longer)
  • stitch markers (4 or more)
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • blocking wires, boards to make shawl bloom!

Suggested yarn:

920 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Hazel Knits Aritsan Sock


Splish Splash (MC) and Federal (CC)