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Across the Generations


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My friend Diana found a very old, typewritten with penciled notes, missing its second page, well loved pattern for a shawl in her grandmother's knitting box. It was the original pattern for a traditional Shetland Hap shawl that her grandmother knit several times. The language in the original is out of date, and it calls for a construction that is not in favor in these days of flexible circular needles. Diana asked me to update the shawl so she could knit it herself and share it with the world. Like a traditional Hap, this shawl starts with a garter stitch square. Stitches are picked up along the sides and knit in a modified feather & fan stitch. This pattern differs from the original in that this section is worked in the round rather than in two flat pieces. Finally, a knit-on border is worked sideways to the feather & fan section to finish off the shawl. A vigorous blocking is essential to bring out the texture and structure of this wrap. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit & purl patterning Knitting in the round Knit on edging Provisional cast on Basic lace GAUGE 16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 39in (99cm), roughly square SUGGESTED YARN 1000 yards of Fingering weight

Recommended with this pattern

  • Fingering weight yarn, 900-1100yd
  • US 6 (4mm) circular needles
  • Stitch markers

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Katherine Vaughan Designs
Katherine Vaughan Designs
I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the women!). I like to design baby blankets, accessories for children, adults, and the home, and garments for children and adults. You can find my patterns through my indie line here on Craftsy or in a variety of print and online magazines and books. I happily work with local yarn stores, crafters, and indie dyers: please contact me to start a conversation about how we can support each other! I’m a certified knitting teacher, accomplished technical editor for knitting patterns, and in my daily life am an academic science librarian.