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Spirit of the Lake shawl


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  • Lace

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Pattern Details

The Spirit of the Lake shawl was inspired by Henry David Thoreau's poem, "Mist." The shawl's construction is simple: it begins at the tip and is knitted to the upper edge. Increases occur on each end of every right side row so that the stitch pattern flows organically from tip to top without interruption. Because the shawl is worked bottom to top, its length is easily adjusted. A knitted-on edging adds complexity, but the shawl looks lovely without it--just make sure you block it carefully for even edges. The instructions are charted, with supplementary explanations and designer tips included. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic knowledge of knitting lace knitting from a chart knitted-on edging GAUGE 19 sts and 23 rows = 4" in St st (before blocking) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 54" wide x 27" long (at center back, before edging) 60" wide x 31" long (at center back, including edging)

Recommended with this pattern

  • 390 yds Universal Yarn Swiss Mohair (lace weight yarn)
  • Size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles

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The fiber obsession began at six years old, and my first original design was the infamous Barbie tube top. Since Barbie wasn’t paying me a living wage to keep her stylishly dressed, I ended up going to college, knitting feverishly throughout my education to maintain my sanity. I quit my day job at the phone company when I discovered that real people actually liked what I made, and have been designing ever since. I have co-authored two books: The Knitter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails and The Crocheter’s Guide to Yarn Cocktails. I have designed for several major yarn companies and contributed to various magazines, books, and other publications .