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Lovelace Shawl

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Have you ever been put off from a lace project by all that stockinette fabric needing to be worked between the eyelets? Then you’ll love garter stitch lace and the Lovelace Shawl! This pattern was specifically designed not to require any purling whatsoever, for those who prefer working the knit stitch. The geometric motifs featured on the shawl can be easily paired with the different textures in your wardrobe, and you can take your pick of yarn options with instructions for both fingering weight and aran weight versions included!

Please note that the tassels featured on the shawl samples are entirely optional for you to make, whether you wish to leave them off because you are running out of yarn at the end of your project, or because you simply prefer how the shawl looks without them. Instructions for how to make a tassel, in the same sizes and for the same yardages as used for the samples, are provided in the pattern.

Fingering weight version:
Approximately 60.75” / 154cm width at wingspan, and 23.25” / 59cm depth at center spine, relaxed after blocking.

Aran weight version:
Approximately 56.75” / 144cm width at wingspan, and 23.5” / 60cm depth at center spine, relaxed after blocking.

Test knitters found that their yardage requirements varied depending on the yarn’s fibre content and construction.

Fingering weight version:
600–765yds / 550–700m for shawl body, PLUS an additional 55yds / 50m for 3 tassels, of fingering weight / 4ply yarn.

Sample used Fine Fibre Yarns Polwarth 4ply (100% Polwarth wool; 191yds / 175m per 50g), in colourway Natural (grey).

Aran weight version:
385–505yds / 350–460m for shawl body, PLUS an additional 45yds / 40m for 3 tassels, of aran weight / 10ply yarn.

Sample used Timber and Twine Harvest Wool (100% Merino wool, 197yds / 180m per 100g), in colourway Raspberry (maroon).

– Fingering weight version: US 6 / 4mm, OR size to obtain gauge, at least 40” / 100cm length circular needle

– Aran weight version: US 9 / 5.5mm, OR size to obtain gauge, at least 40” / 100cm length circular needle

– Both versions, for optional garter tab cast on: crochet hook in equivalent size to knitting needle that obtains gauge – see Cast On, Option 1 (page 4 of pdf)

– For optional garter tab cast on: small amount of smooth, contrasting waste yarn in same weight as shawl yarn
– At least 2 fixed stitch markers (extras optional for marking out your lace repeats)
– 1 removable stitch marker / progress keeper
– Scissors
– Tape measure
– Tapestry needle
– Optional for blocking: blocking mats, wires, and / or T-pins
– Optional for tracking lace repeats: row counter
– For optional tassels: small 4” / 10cm long piece of strong cardboard

In Striped Lace Pattern, worked flat and relaxed after blocking.

Fingering weight version: 20 stitches x 36 rows = 4” / 10cm square

Aran weight version: 14 stitches x 24 rows = 4” / 10cm square

Gauge is not crucial for this shawl, but variations may affect your final yardage requirements and measurements.

– Long tail cast on method
– Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off
– How to make a tassel
– How to work the garter tab cast on, provisional method

Instructions are provided in a fully written format, with charts also included where relevant.

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