Spider Silk

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Inspired by the simple but elegant yet geometric shapes of a spider’s web, made up entirely of garter stitch and eyelet rows, this is an incredibly simple shawl to knit and would make a great first true lace weight project.

Knit in one piece from the top down, this shawl begins by casting on 11 stitches at the back of the neck and increasing 8 stitches every other row to shape this shawl into a square like shape. Finally, an eyelet-increase row is worked just before the bind off to ensure that a thorough blocking is possible.

Yarn: Madelinetosh ‘tosh lace,’ 950 yards (968 meters), 100% superwash merino, 1 skein, shown in ‘graphite’

Needles: US size 2.5 (3.00 mm) 40 inch (101 cm) circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 5 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge: 6.5 sts/inch; 12 rows/inch (6.5 sts/2.5 cm; 12 rows/2.5 cm) in garter stitch

Blocked Dimensions: 27.5 inches (70 cm) down the center back; 27.5 inches (70 cm) cast on to corner; 16 inches (40.5 cm) cast on to middle of one edge of hem; 43 inches (109.25 cm) along one edge of hem

Skills Used: casting on & binding off, knitting, yarn over, k2tog, ssk, sl 2-k1-psso, weaving in ends, blocking lace

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