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  1. shawlontheline2

    I had a bit of a craft room clear out and sort out last week as I was fed up of having to delve through carrier bags half full of wool, swatches and needles; work that I started but changed my mind, or work that had gone wrong part way through.  I found beautiful skeins that I had forgotten about and no end of odd needles. Felt so good to get this organised again. One of my WIP finds was this half-finished red lace shawl. Must have been about 5 or even 7 years ago when I knit this. I examined it and thought, yes the knitting was good, no errors, must have just got tired of knitting it. Well time to continue.

    I rummaged through the bag to see if I could find any clues as to where I got the stitch pattern from , but no clues found, so I had to do a little reverse engineering (carefully unpicking a few rows and writing down the stitches I had unpicked).

    Then I set to and finished the shawl, deciding near the end that it warranted a scalloped edging at both ends so that it wasn't just a piece of one lace pattern knit.

    Today I'm sharing the pattern with you.

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    Yarn I used was Ice Yarns - Incas Alpaca (50% Alpaca, 35 Acrylic , 15% Merino Wool). I used it double. I'm left with nearly 4 balls of a 10 x 50gram (350m) ball pack. So somewhere between 2,200m - 2,500 metres of lace weight yarn was used in this project. If you use thicker yarn then you wouldn't need to work it double.

    Needles used UK size 7, US size 7, 4.5mm 

     Cast on 115 stitches

    Row 1 (RS): sl 1 , k2 *(k1, yo) twice, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, k3tog, yo, k1, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Row 2 and all even rows: sl 1, k2, p to last 3 sts, k3.

    Row 3: sl 1 , k2, *k1, yo, k3, yo, sl 1 , k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Row 5: sl 1, k2, * k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Row 7: sl 1, k2, *k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

    Row 9: As Row 7:

    Row 10: As Row 2.

    These 10 rows form the pattern, Repeat these 10 rows 30 times or until shawl is 120cm long.


    Cast off

    Edging (Work Two)

    Cast on 115 stitches

    Row 1 (RS): sl 1,k3 *yo, k4, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k4,yo,k1; rep to last 3 sts, k3

    Row 2: sl 1, k2, p to last 3 sts, k3.

    Repeat rows 1-2 another 9 times.

    Cast off


    With right sides together sew each edging pieces to the cast on and cast off edges of the main shawl.


    Block the shawl following the instructions on your ball band.



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  2.  glovescloseup3

    2 new knitting patterns, both original designs. Knitted in Yarn Stories Fine merino DK, but really these would knit up beautifully in any DK yarn. 

    The gloves are knitted in the round on 3.5mm Double Pointed needles. The botanic buds cable pattern goes all the way round the gloves above the rib, even the thumb starts out as one of the buds.  The gloves can be worn on either hand which is a real bonus. There is nothing worse than yanking gloves out of your coat pocket and then trying to put them on the wrong hand.

    The Cowl is again knit in the round but this time on 3.5mm circular needles. The fair isle pattern is only an 11 stitch pattern repeat which is quite easy to remember as you are knitting around.  The inspiration for this design came from my living room curtains, they have the same swirling stems weaving their way up the curtain. 

    Knitting Kit (pattern and yarn) is now available for the cowl.