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It all started with a lovely zig zag lace panel, chosen for its simplicity and ability to allow Madeline Tosh's gorgeous hand-dyed yarn to show to its best advantage. With a little creative shaping, the lace panels are worked so that they span out towards the bottom edge of the shawl as the triangular shape is created.
The result – a fabulously complicated-looking, but easy-to-work overall lace design that draws the eyes in many directions. An open lace border is knit to finish the shawl and give it the wonderfully pronounced scalloped edge and some contrasting textures.
This sophisticated shawl is also a quick knit, as it only uses 2 hanks of Madeline Tosh's DK yarn, which knits like a dream on size 8 needles. Second sample knitted up beautifully on size 10 needles with 3 balls of mohair yarn, showing just how versatile this pattern is!
A stunning piece to drape around your neck or shoulders and an absolutely beautiful gift option!
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Finished Knit Measurements: Madeline Tosh DK sample: approx 48" [122 cm] across top; 23" [58.5 cm] height at center; Second sample (lilac mohair): approx 52" [132 cm] across top; 27 ½" [70 cm] height at center.
Yarn Used: Madeline Tosh Tosh DK (100% Superwash Merino Wool); 3.5 oz/100 g [225 yds/206 m] per hank): 2 hanks in Color Hollyhock. Second sample (lilac mohair): GGH Soft-Kid (70% Super Kid Mohair/25% Nylon/5% Wool); .875 oz./25g, [151 yds/138 m] per ball): 3 balls in color #032. Considered an Aran-weight, but used here like a bulky-weight yarn. NOTE: This pattern uses up almost all of the yarn, so be prepared to use the swatch yarn, if needed.
Pattern Gauge: Approx 10 sts = 2 ½" [6.5 cm] and 20 rows = 3 ¼" [8.5 cm] in Zig Zag Lace patt (blocked) on size 8 [5 mm] needles and DK-weight yarn. Approx 10 sts = 2 ¾" [7 cm] and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Zig Zag Lace patt (blocked) on size 10 [6 mm] needles and Bulky or Aran-weight yarn.
Total Yardage Required: 450 yds [412 m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
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Knitting Needles Used: Size 8 [5 mm] needles: 32" [80 cm] or longer circular needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE. Second sample on size 10 [6 mm] needles.
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Posted by Sadie on 27th Feb 2013
Good design for thicker yarn, and a synthetic which will not block like natural yarn. Am in Aus and have to substitute yarn and needles and am doing it bigger for a large lady who wants it for a 'bed Jacket'. Looking good so far and am calculating when stitches will be about right count to add scalloped edging, nearly there!
Posted by Pam on 13th Sep 2012
I am also finished the second one. My first, I messed up and did not get the increases so I made it into a scarf, worked in two sections with the ruffle at the center and grafted together.
On my shawl, I am working two extra repeats of the pattern and then going into the ruffle