How to make… a KNITTED LACE SHAWL

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Made­line­tosh Merino Light (100g) in Isadora. 3.5- 4mm cir­cu­lar knit­ting nee­dles, or size to give an open, lacy gauge T-pins (20+) Large piece of card­board or foam for block­ing Block­ing wires

Ab­brev ia­tions (UK)

st( s) stitch rw(s) row(s) p purl m marker pm place marker sm slip marker CO Cast on BO Bind off RS right side WS wrong side Cdd cen­tral dou­ble de­crease: slip 2 sts, K1, pass slipped st over knit st. “I be­lieve in pink,” Au­drey Hep­burn once said, and so do we af­ter set­ting eyes on this dusky lace cre­ation. De­signed as an in­tro­duc­tion to lace knit­ting, it should help you get to grips with the ba­sics of this tech­nique. Any 100g ball of lace or fin­ger­ing weight yarn is suit­able, how­ever 100% wool yarn will give the most sat­is­fy­ing re­sults.

In lace knit­ting, nee­dles are usu­ally one or two sizes larger than listed on the ball band. Cir­cu­lar nee­dles are pre­ferred as they can hold a large num­ber of stitches.

Be­gin­ning the tab

Us­ing waste yarn, make yourself a tem­po­rary cast-on of 2sts. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch. This is the garter tab.

Stitches will be picked up from three sides of this rec­tan­gle garter tab. The 2sts on the nee­dle make the first side of the tab. Pick up 3sts from the edge of the garter rec­tan­gle and then 2sts from the cast-on edge, re­mov­ing the tem­po­rary waste yarn. There are now 7sts on the nee­dle. Knit back over the 7sts and place mak­ers (pm) ac­cord­ingly: K2, pm, K2, pm, K1, pm, K2.

Chart A writ­ten in­struc­tions

The cen­tre stitch and its in­creases are writ­ten in blue to help you keep track of where­abouts you are in the pat­tern. Row 1 (RS): k2, sm, yo, k1, yo, sm, k1, yo, k1, yo, sm, k2. (11sts) Row 2 and all WS Rows: k2, p to last 2 sts, k2, slip­ping all mark­ers as you come to them. Row 3: k2, sm, yo, k3, yo, sm, k1, yo, k3, yo, sm, k2. (15sts) Row 5: k2, sm, yo, k5, yo, sm, k1, yo, k5, yo, sm, k2. (19sts) Row 7: k2, sm, yo, k7, yo, sm, k1,

yo, k7, yo, sm, k2. (23sts) Row 9 be­gins the lace pat­tern. The seg­ments from * to * form the re­peat of the lace pat­tern. In sub­se­quent rows you will be re­peat­ing these stitches. Row 9: k2, sm, yo, k1, *yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til cen­tre stitch marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k1,* yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til last stitch marker, yo, sm, k2. (27sts) Row 11: k2, sm, yo, k2, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til one stitch from the cen­tre stitch marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, yo, k2, * Re­peat from * to * un­til one stitch from last marker, k1, yo, sm, k2. (31sts) Row 13: k2, sm, yo, k3, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til two stitches from the cen­tre stitch marker, k2, yo, sm, k1, yo, k3, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til two stitches from the last stitch marker, k2, yo, sm, k2. (35sts) Row 15: k2, sm, yo, k4, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til three stitches from the cen­tre stitch marker, k3, yo, sm, k1, yo, k4, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til three stitches from the last stitch marker, k3, yo, sm, k2. (39sts) Row 17: k2, sm, yo, k1, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til the cen­tre stitch marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k1, re­peat from * to * un­til the last stitch maker, yo, sm, k2. (43sts) Row 19: k2, sm, yo, k2, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1*. Re­peat from * to * un­til one stitch from the cen­tre stitch marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, yo, k2, Re­peat from * to * un­til one stitch from the last stitch marker, k1, yo, sm, k2. (47sts) Row 21: k2, sm, yo, k3, * yo, k2, cdd, k2, yo, k1.* Re­peat from * to * un­til two stitches from the cen­tre stitch marker, k2, yo, sm, k1, yo, k3, re­peat from * to * un­til two stitches form the last stitch marker, k2, yo,

Chart A

Chart B

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