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Breathe. Sit. Knit.
This shawl is simple and meditative, but not boring. The lace pattern is small, easy to memorize, and easy to knit. The stockinette rows make great resting rounds and sections. The colorwork is all just stripes, so you’re only ever working with one yarn at a time.
But together, the lace, the stockinette, the striping, combine to create a spectacular shawl.

Yarn: MC: 950 yards (868 meters), lace weight
Shown in: Madelinetosh, “Tosh Lace”; 1 skein, 950 yards (868 meters)/skein, colorway ‘citrus’
CC: 650 yards (594 meters), lace weight
Shown in: Sweet Georgia, “Merino Silk Lace”; 1 skein, 765 yards (700 meters)/skein, colorway ‘dutch’

Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) 1 set DPNs, 32 inch (80 cm) circular, 40 inch (100 cm) circular, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 1 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge: 30 sts/4 inches; 32 rows/4 inches (30 sts/10 cm; 32 rows/10 cm) in washed and blocked stockinette

Blocked Dimensions: 48 inches (122 cm) diameter, blocked

Skills Used: casting on, binding off, knitting, working in the round on circulars and DPNs, working with two colors of yarn in stripes, k2tog, ssk, sk2p, yo, weaving in ends, blocking lace

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4 Responses

  1. TerriW

    I am so inspired looking at this beautiful shawl. I was looking at the yarn, and yardage required. I am allergic to 100% wool yarns, but can wear 80%wool/blends. Would you be able to recommend 2 yarns that may be substituted for the SweetGeorgia and the Tosh Lace? I was looking at Zen Yarn Garden comes Black Tie Affairs, The Opera collection and wondered if this would be suitable. Please let me know if the full 950yds would be required for the MC.

    1. Holly

      Hi Terri,

      I’m so glad you like the shawl. “Black Tie Affairs” from Zen Yarn Garden seems like it would work well as a substitute. (It’s this yarn, right? http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/knitting/yarn/ZenYarnGarden/BlackTieAffairs.asp?showLarge=true&specPCVID=62368)

      As far as yardage goes, you might be able to knit the shawl with 800 yards of the MC (2 skeins of “Black Tie Affairs”) – however I knit the shawl so long ago that I don’t remember how much yarn I had leftover. An alternative would be to knit a few of the MC repeats with the CC.

      Hope that helps! -Holly

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