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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 Yarn has Spoken shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Yarn has Spoken shawl
The Yarn has Spoken shawl
The Yarn has Spoken shawl
The Yarn has Spoken shawl
The Yarn has Spoken shawl
The Yarn has Spoken shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • basic lace knitting (ssk, k2tog, double-decreases, yo)
  • blocking skills

Pattern Description:

This particular design was a long-time coming ... I tried three other designs with this particular yarn and nothing seemed right. On my FOURTH attempt, the yarn poured thru my hands and onto the needles and the poncho grew ... the yarn had spoken!

The directions for this design are both charted and round-by-round.

this design in knit completely in the round, repeating the sts pattern 8 times around
placing markers at the beginning of each rep will assist in keeping lace in order
sts are increased every fourth round for most of the shawl, ending with some rounds where the sts are increased EOR.
blocking assists with making this lace really pop


18sts x 26 rnds = 4" stockinette in the round and blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • neck diameter = 7" neck edge to hem = 15" edge to edge = 37"


  • approx 500 yards of DK weight natural fiber yarn (sample used 4 skeins of Plymouth's Cleo)
  • US #7 circs - 16- and 40-inch lengths
  • stitch markers (8)

Suggested yarn:

500 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Plymouth's Cleo