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Marilla's Very Practical Shawl


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  • Lace

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I read the Anne of Green Gables series several times over while I was growing up (and at least once as an adult). It's easy to like Annewe're meant to like her--but I always had a soft spot for Marilla Cuthbert. Prickly, practical, and tough, she protected a tender heart with a convincing facade. I like to think Marilla would have liked this shawl. It's warm, knits up quickly, and the long Danish-style ties allow you to wrap and secure the shawl around your shoulders and waist. But, there's just enough lace to make it pretty, too. Pattern includes some charts; however, all charts are also completely written-out, for knitters who prefer to work from written directions. The shawl begins with the bottom edging, worked from right tip to left tip, with a short-row corner halfway through. Stitches are picked up along this bottom edge, leaving 8 repeats at both tips to form the ties. The body is worked from the bottom edge, with decreases to form the spine and top edge. After the body is completed, the neck edging is worked from right tip to left tip and joined to the body as you go. It's worth noting that the bottom edging uses about 40% of the yarn ... so even though it takes a long time, you are nearly halfway done when you finish it! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic lace, picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing GAUGE 16 sts and 40 rows = 4" in garter stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 52" corner to corner 94 " (including ties)

Recommended with this pattern

  • US#8 needles
  • 1100 yards worsted-weight yarn
  • yarn needle, stitch markers, waste yarn

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