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“Ordo” – a new brain bending shawl pattern

Ordo - a new shawl pattern

knit lace shawl

brain bending knitted shawls

Order and chaos.
Order created from chaos.
Chaos facilitating order.
One begins – the other follows.
The two swirling around each other.

Two strands of yarn,
twisting around each other,
creating a whole new color.

Intertwining paths,
built with negative space,
splitting, intersecting, looping back around.

‘Ordo’ is Latin for “order, rank, or class.”

Order begets chaos. Chaos begets order.

Add a stitch. Create a hole. Make some lace.

Ordo - a knitted shawl

The Important Pattern Details:

Yarn: 1,750 yards of lace weight yarn; 2 skeins of Toil & Trouble’s “Filament (Merino Silk Lace)” colorways: ‘Smoke Signals’ & ‘Apollo’

Two strands of lace weight yarn (one strand of each colorway) are held together throughout the shawl. This gives you a marled fabric, and at the same time, lets you use a not so itty bitty needle.

Needles: US 5s (3.75mm) 40″ circular needles; larger needles for binding off

Notions: stitch markers (8); tapestry/yarn needle

Gauge: 20 stitches & 34 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm) with smaller needle, in washed and blocked stockinette stitch

Dimensions: 40 inches (101.5 cm) blocked diameter

Skills Used: reading charts; casting on; knitting; k2tog, ssk, yo, k3tog, k3togtbl; binding off; weaving in ends; blocking lace

Please note that this lace stitch pattern is charted only.

lace shawl

Queue and purchase the pattern here on Ravelry.

knitted lace shawl pattern

Here’s the Ravelry link.


Rosmerta – a new shawl pattern!

Rosmerta - a lace shawl pattern

Rosmerta pattern - center back

lace shawl hem - Rosmerta pattern

I sort of sneaked a new shawl pattern up onto Ravelry Friday morning.

It’s a crescent shaped shawl with a mesh lattice work pattern, and knit with one skein of Julie Asselin’s “Merletto,” which is 800 yards of a beautifully plump lace weight yarn.

Hand dyed yarn and complex stitch patterns usually fight with each other, and can play epic games of tug-and-war if you let them. What do you look at first? The yarn or the stitch work?

With this pattern I’m calling a cease fire.

The strong diamond & mesh pattern creates lace work that shines, while smooth expanses of stockinette allow the gorgeous yarn & colors to take center stage.

Here’s the pattern on Ravelry.

hand knit shawl - Rosmerta Pattern

I started this pattern way back in August, and am so excited to have the pattern out to you.

The name “Rosmerta” was initially inspired by the last name of everyone’s favorite Hogsmeade pub proprietress. After a little digging it also turns out to be the name of the Gaulish goddess of abundance & fertility.

And (maybe most importantly) it fills “R” in my (slightly strange) quest to name shawls after every letter of the alphabet.

This is also my 40th(!) pattern on Ravelry. When did that happen?!?!
You can see them all here.

lace mesh pattern - Rosmerta

All the important pattern details.

Materials: 800 yards (740 meters), lace weight

Sample Shown in: Julie Asselin, “Merletto”
1 skein, 800 yards (740 meters)/skein, colorway ‘Anémone’
75% merino wool, 15% cashmere, 10% silk

Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) 40 inch circular needle
use needles needed to obtain gauge

stitch markers (8)
extra stitch markers for internal reps (36)
it helps if these two sets of stitch markers are different
tapestry or yarn needle

Gauge: 26 sts and 40 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in washed and blocked St st

Blocked Dimensions: 18 inches (45.5 cm) down center back, blocked
exact dimensions may vary depending on how aggressively the piece is blocked

Note: This pattern only includes charts for the stitch repeats.

The pattern is available on Ravelry, now.

lace shawl hem - pattern "Rosmerta"


I believe knitting is meant to be played with.


Shawls to Play With is an adventure.

Adventure. An adventure in expanding ideas and broadening horizons.
Curiosity. Opening doors that might have been hidden in plain sight.
It’s about seeing things, not only as they are, but also as they could be.
Elegance. It’s elegance. But not effortlessness.
Simplicity. Starting simply. Then getting even simpler.
Flexibility. It’s playing, experimenting, and questioning.
Seeing something. Then wondering “what if…”
Expansiveness. Playing with the idea.
Adaptation. Beginning with one thing. Then making it your own.

Shawls to Play With is about dancing within constraints.

adventure. curiosity. elegance. simplicity. flexibility. expansiveness. adaptation. play.

Play. Knitting is meant to be played with.


The Juicy Details:
– 1 PDF
– 28 pages
– 4 shawl patterns
– 32 photos
– 5 articles
– 1 final love letter
for $15.


You can get Shawls to Play With Here.

Or here on Ravelry.

These patterns are also available individually.
Gratia, Xylia, Yuki, Idril.


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