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Umbel Shawl


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  • Lace

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Umbel is a botanical term for a type of inflorescence that resembles an umbrella. I chose the name because the clusters of nupps in this stitch pattern remind me of Queen Anne's Lace and geraniums. Umbel is a flat-knit square shawl, worked in a beautiful textured Estonian lace stitch. It is designed to stay on the shoulders, drape beautifully and keep you warm when there's a chill in the air. Instructions are provided for altering the size of the shawl, and it's possible for more advanced knitters to work this as a triangular shawl using the Fill-in-the-Blanks Shawl Design ebook. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY work basic lace stitches GAUGE - 15 sts / 20 rows over 10cm / 4in in stocking stitch after blocking. - Gauge isn't critical, but it will affect the final size and yardage of the shawl. - Make sure the lace looks open and clear. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finished size is 100cm / 40in across each side of the square, with a height of 70cm / 27.5in at the central point when worn. Instructions are included for working a smaller or larger shawl.

Supplies Needed

  • Approx. 750m / 820yds of lace-weight yarn
  • 4mm (US 6) straight or circular needles
  • 5.5mm (US 9) needle for binding off

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I learnt to knit over 10 years ago by watching videos on the internet. Now I design for a living. So go on, give it a go! :)