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Molto Bella Shawl


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  • Lace

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This pretty and wearable L-shaped wrap is easy to knit like a rectangular stole (no shaping), yet it wraps around your shoulders with extra coverage. The wool blend provides lovely drape for just the extra layer you need when breezes blow. The shawl is worked in sections, starting with lace on one edge, moving into stripes of different yarns and easy textures such as garter stitch, eyelets, and stockinette stitch. Once the lace edging is done, the rest is a relaxing knit. Try it in your 2 favorite colors; or all one color, for a more subdued look. The test knitters enjoyed it: "A pretty L-shaped shawl knitted in 3 sections - no seaming, the joins are made by picking up stitches and kitchener stitch. I particularly like the shape - a move away from triangle and rectangle. It will make a wonderfully warm wrap which I will enjoy wearing in winter." *Pattern is both charted and written, and has been professionally tech-edited and test knit.* BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Easy lace Grafting (Kitchener stitch) GAUGE 20 sts to 4 in/10cm SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 15"/38 cm wide; 80"/200 cm along outer edge; 50"/125 cm along inner edge of "L," after blocking. SUGGESTED YARN 750 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Three Irish Girls COLORWAY PortoFino and Volare

Supplies Needed

  • (in 2 colors, or all one color)
  • Fingering weight yarn, 750 yds/686m
  • Stitch markers

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Brenda Castiel Designs
Brenda Castiel Designs
I have been knitting on and off since my teens, but became somewhat obsessed with it in 2007. I love squishy wools for the short, mild Los Angeles winters, and like cottons and blends for the rest of the year. I really believe that even beginner knitters can create something beautiful and useful, so I strive to keep patterns simple yet original. I am Goodstuff on Ravelry, and blog from time to time about knitting and life here: I have sold designs to Interweave Knits, Knitpicks, Creative Knitting magazine, KNIT magazine (Yarn Forward), Yarn magazine, Knit Now magazine, Classic Elite Yarns, The Sanguine Gryphon, and Three Irish Girls Yarns.