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barAn Easy Knitted Lace Shawl To Grow Your Knowledge

I really wanted to create a lace shawl that was easy enough for an advanced beginner but interesting enough for an intermediate knitter. A shawl that would challenge the beginner to move beyond a garter stitch into simple lace knitting. So of course I started with a garter stitch!

The shawl grows by using yarn overs on each edge. As a result the knitter becomes more comfortable with the fluid movement of the yarn over. By the time the knitter reaches the eyelet mesh, yarn overs, are now second nature. These bands of eyelet mesh are alternated by rows of stockinette. Once the eyelet bands are completed the knitter is then challenged with an applied lace border. This border allows the knitter to grow their lace knitting vocabulary.

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After hearing feedback from several test knitters I found that I had accomplished what I set out to create. A simple and relaxing knit with just enough spice to challenge the advanced beginner yet captivate an experienced knitter.

Designing A Lace Shawl For Variegated Yarn

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Autumn sunlight welcomes the transition from summer to autumn. It tints the leaf edges gold as it peaks through the translucent leaves. As I designed this shawl I wanted to capture that warm fractured shimmering light as it glows through the changing leaves into knitted art.

Commonly lace and variegated yarn do not go together. But I love variegated and tonal yarns so much! As soon as I discovered this Grand Canyon Colorway from Dragonfly Fibers I knew that I had found a match! The coloring of the yarn paired perfectly with the feel and design that I wanted to convey.

A Perfectly Sized Lace Shawl

This crescent shaped shawl begins with an easy garter stitch that transitions into bands of eyelet mesh separated by a few rows of stockinette. The shawl body is a straightforward, relaxing knit, with a captivating applied lace border to finish off this gorgeous lace shawl.

The shawl uses approximately 400 yards of fingering weight wool or wool blend yarn. I used a partial skein of Dragonfly Fibers Djinni in the Grand Canyon Sunset colorway. (80/10/10 superwash merino/cashmere/nylon; 420yds/384 m per 4.2 oz/119g skein/ball) This color way is simply gorgeous and the buttery feel of the merino/cashmere blend slid through my fingers as I knit.

Using a US size 6 needle I got a gauge of 20 sts/36 rows = 4 inch(10 cm) square in garter stitch after blocking. The magic happened after I blocked it quite aggressively to stretch the stitches into the lovely open mesh pattern created by the rows of eyelet stitches.

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 Purchase Sunlit Autumn Shawl

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You can purchase the pattern in a PDF on Ravelry and it will automatically be added to your library! I will be hosting a knit-along beginning soon and I’d love for you to join! When you join the KAL  you will be entered in a drawing to win one of my gorgeous project bags from my etsy shop. So head over to the SewKnitCDesigns group on Ravelry and join the Sunlit Autumn Shawl KAL thread.