Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fleece Artist Lace Shawl, Free Pattern!

This is the amazing yarn that appeared under my tree last Christmas, a thoughtful gift from my Dad and Barbara, who live in Nova Scotia (aka; home of Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden yarns). They took a trip to Gaspereau yarns, and found this shawl pack, two yarns twisted together, one a mohair lace weight and the other a boucle lace weight, both hand dyed in the purple-blue colour. I decided to make a simple triangle shawl, light as air and easy to knit. It uses broad stripes of one yarn, then the other.

Pattern:
Yarn: Lace weight mohair mixes (one type or two or more!)
Needles: 4.5mm circular needle (the bigger the better-I use Denise needles, so I can make it bigger as needed!)
Gauge: not needed to be too accurate, but mine is 10 sts = 4 inches.


Starting at the center back neck: cast on 9 sts. K3, K1, place marker, k1(center st),K1, k3
Row 2 and all wrong side rows, k3, purl to last 3 sts (slipping marker as you pass it), k3
The first and last 3 stitches for the whole thing will be k3 (garter stitch edging).
Next row: K3, Yarn Over, K to marker, YO, K1(center st), YO, K to last 3 sts, YO, K3

Repeat last 2 rows, increasing with a Yarn Over, inside the edgings and each side of the center stitch. (4 increases every right side row), and Purling these yarn overs on the wrong side. this makes a row of lacey holes at the edge and at the center, which you can see in the photo at the bottom....
If you have more than one yarn, change yarns at the edge every 4 inches (or whenever you want). End with 6 rows of garter stitch (knit every row) then cast off all stitches.
Weave in loose ends.

Wet with cold water, and block on towels, gently stretching the edges to lie flat and open the stitches. There, done.













5 comments:

bathooon said...
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bathooon said...

Thank you so much, wonderful alternation. I will try this one out :)

Kathy said...

Chris,

I knit several of these shawls from kits I bought at the Kitchener show a few years ago. I loved forming every stitch of this dream-to-knit yarn.

Tuckamore Design said...

Thank you for reminding me of the Fleece Artist. I used to live in Halifax and absolutely loved that store. Very nice pattern!

amy said...

Thank you for the lovely pattern :) Think I will be trying it with an angora/merino blend x boucle, all in black. Will let you know how it turns out :)