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Beth March Shawl

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"I’m not like the rest of you. I never made any plans about what I’d do when I grew up.” (Beth March, Little Women)

Beth is the second youngest of the March sisters, who is only comfortable at home or playing the piano. She never does get to grow up, but hopefully, a practical shoulder-warming shawl like this would have been a comfort to her.

This shawl begins with the Italian 2-colour cast on for which a link to video tutorial is included in the pattern. The pattern is fully written with optional charts that are supplied as a separate file.

Many thanks to Nancy Marchant for her work on brioche stitches and terminology, which is used here and to Deb Bramham for her brilliant tech editing.

LC: Triskelion Yarn, Talog Sock (50% Falklands Corriedale, 50% British Mohair; 400m/100g) Lleu, 1 skein
DC: Riverknits, BFL 4Ply (100% British Bluefaced Leicester Superwash Wool; 400m/100g) Giant Squirrel, 1 skein

Notes on yardage
My sample used 352m of the Light Colour and 316m of the Dark Colour

4mm circular, 60cm long to start, up to 100cm long
5mm needle, for cast-off only
1 lockable stitch marker
Tapestry needle
10cm2 = 15 sts x 23 rows over Straight 2-colour Brioche Stitch (Rows 1-2) on smaller needles when blocked.
One size – 128.5cm at widest point

You will get the following files:
  • PDF (14MB)
  • PDF (10MB)

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