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A long crescent-shaped stole with deep cobweb frill border, Arachnophilia uses short row shaping in the stockinette stitch body, and thoughtfully placed beads to highlight the edges and transition rows. Dropped stitches create the open weblike edging, and beaded twisted rib accents the gently curved shape. This shawl is knit from the bottom up, with instructions included for both Sock and DK weight yarn; the edging may also be customized for depth by knitting fewer or more rows. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, dropped stitches, short rows, beading (crochet hook & prestrung methods). GAUGE Gauge: 15 st and 40 rows (12 st and 34 rows) /4" in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Size: Sock yarn shawl: 65" wingspan and 9" depth, (DK shawl: 60" wingspan and 12" depth).

Supplies Needed

  • Yarn: Sock yarn shawl: Madelinetosh tosh merino light (100% merino wool, 440 yards/112g); 1 skein, shown in Thunderstorm. DK shawl: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (51% silk, 49% merino wool; 150 yards/50g); 2 skeins, shown in London Sky.
  • Other Materials: US 5 (US 7) /3.75 (4.5)mm 32" circular needle, or size to match gauge; 605 (450) Size 6/0 seed beads; Size 1.25 mm crochet hook for placing beads; Yarn needle.

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