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Karen Shawl


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Like many knitters, my stash overflows with handpainted sock yarn, usually in 100g skeins. If I knit only socks, I would have yarn to last for several years. Instead, I wanted to design a simply addictive shoulder shawl pattern. One that would be easy enough for knitting on my commute to work, but interesting enough to keep me motivated through the final stitches. With a knit-on garter stitch border, this elegant shawl features many common laceknitting techniques in an easy to memorize pattern. Named for my mother, I knit hers as a holiday gift, using the black merino/angora shown in the photos. Instructions are provided in both charted and written out form. If you haven't yet worked with lace charts, this may be your perfect first project! Try following along with the charts as you work through the written pattern. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit, purl follow basic lace charts GAUGE 20 sts and 26 rows to 4 inches using US 6/4 mm needles in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 48 inches by 20 inches after blocking

Recommended with this pattern

  • Approx 350 yards fingering-weight yarn
  • 4mm circular needles 32"
  • stitch markers

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Amy Swenson has been designing contemporary fashions for knitting and crochet since 2003. She has published three books, including "Sensual Crochet" and "Not Your Mama's Felting". She teaches across North America and blogs at