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Umbel is a botanical term for a type of inflorescence that resembles an umbrella. I chose the name because the clusters of nupps in this stitch pattern remind me of Queen Anne's Lace and geraniums.
Umbel is a flat-knit square shawl, worked in a beautiful textured Estonian lace stitch. It is designed to stay on the shoulders, drape beautifully and keep you warm when there's a chill in the air. Instructions are provided for altering the size of the shawl, and it's possible for more advanced knitters to work this as a triangular shawl using the Fill-in-the-Blanks Shawl Design ebook.
- 15 sts / 20 rows over 10cm / 4in in stocking stitch after blocking.
- Gauge isn't critical, but it will affect the final size and yardage of the shawl.
- Make sure the lace looks open and clear.
I learnt to knit over 10 years ago by watching videos on the internet. Now I design for a living. So go on, give it a go! :)