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The Birthday Shawl


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A beautiful, springy, garter stitch shawl with a knitted on edging in an elegant leaf pattern. The leaf pattern in the lace is just as pretty whether on the wrong or right side, and as the rest of the shawl is garter stitch, it looks just as lovely no matter which way round you pop it on! This shawl is knitted from the top down, so starts with only 3 stitches. The centre of the shawl is garter stitch with eyelets running along the top edge. Along the bottom edge a lace border is knitted on, by casting on an additional 17 sttiches and then knitting short rows of between 18 and 20 stitches until there are no main stitches left on the needle. It is rather quick to knit up, with its greatest constituant being good old garter stitch. It is, therefore, an ideal knit for a birthday (or other) gift. As this shawl is predominantly garter stitch and the lace runs at a right angle to the body, it is an ideal beginner lace shawl. Even if you do go wrong with the lace, you'll only have tink back or frog the short rows of edging rather than rows consisting of 100s of stitches. The maths to make this shawl larger or smaller are included in the pattern which has both written and chart instructions. The yarn used in the pictures: Yellow - Madeline Tosh Sick in colourway Candelwick Beige - Wollemeise Pure sock yarn in colourway Palomino BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY basic knitting skills and yarn overs, slip 1 knit 1 pass slipped stitch over GAUGE 22 stitches over 40 rows per 10 cm square (in unblocked garter stitch) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 55 cm (21.75") from top to bottom running down the centre of the shawl 110 cm (43.25") from left to right running along the top of the shawl 122 cm (48") from left to right running along the widest part of the shawl SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Madeline Tosh Sock

Recommended with this pattern

  • 4 mm circular needle of 80 cm or longer
  • 1 skein of sock/fingering weight yarn
  • Alternatively, you may prefer 40cm straight needles

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Kate's Twirl Designs
Kate's Twirl Designs
Hi there! I have been knitting for many years, but only designing for around a year. I started after having worked in the beautiful knititng shop, Loop, in London. Such a fabulous array of talanted colleagues was extremely inspiring. It was my lovely colleagues that persuaded me to write up the pattern of the Birthday Shawl which I’d made for a friend’s special birthday. Please contact me if you have any problems with any of my patterns or if you’d just like a yarn suggestion, confirmation or even to discuss how to amend any of my designs to make them bigger, smaller or just a bit different.