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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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The Ebbing Tide shawlette

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Ebbing Tide shawlette
The Ebbing Tide shawlette
The Ebbing Tide shawlette
The Ebbing Tide shawlette
The Ebbing Tide shawlette

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • inc by yo
  • lace knitting -- k2tog, ssk, yo
  • garter stitch
  • garter tab

Pattern Description:

A fun shawlette to remind you of summer at the beach ... a romantic walk along the wet sand ... the moonlit ocean ... the tide slowly receding to leave traces of water behind.

This shawlette starts at the top with a garter-tab, progresses thru alternating stripes of garter and stockinette and ends with a graceful wave-lace pattern.

Blocking makes this shawl pop!

Directions are charted and row-by-row for this shawlette that uses two colors (about 140 yards of each) of fingering-weight fiber; sample used one skein each of Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere Silk Merino blend in Sable and Lapis Lazuli. NOTE: I used most of both skeins so if you tend to knit loosely you might want to increase your yardage.

this design is knit flat starting with a garter tab, progressing to evenly spaced yo's with alternating stripes and then finishes with a wave-lace stitch pattern
design is row-by-row and charted;
there are many ways to wear this shawlette - check out the pictures here and on my website (www.marygildersleeve.com) for some ideas


16sts x 16 rows = 4 inches in garter, blocked


  • approx 280 yards of fingering weight yarn; sample used one skein each of Spring Gate Farm's cashmere/silk/merino blend yarn in Sable and Lapis Lazuli
  • US #7 circs (24- or 32-inch length)
  • US #8 circs (24- or 32-inch length)
  • tapestry needle
  • 6 stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

280 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Spring Gate Farm's Cashmere/Merino/Silk blend


sable and lapis lazuli