Is anyone else feeling the post-holiday-weekend-Monday blues? I escaped for a long weekend in the Catskills with friends – fireworks, bonfire, barbecue and knitting – lots of knitting! I thought about posting this pattern before the weekend and then thought it might be a fun pick-me-up for the aftermath. I hope it finds you feeling restored wherever you might be.
The pattern — which I knit for my soon-to-be nephew (yes, it’s a boy!), arriving in October — was inspired by traditional Hap Shawls of Shetland. Here are the details:
Finished Measurements: Approx 38 x 38 inches square
Materials: DK-Weight Wool in 2-colors — approx 585 yards of Main Color & 275 of Contrasting Color
Gauge: 4 sts and 4 ridges (8 rows) per inch in Garter Stitch after blocking (as for lace)
Needles: I used a US8/5mm 32″ circular for the whole project. I recommend one double pointed needle, one size larger for working the applied I-Cord edging
Notions: You’ll need 4 stitch markers – I recommend having one in an alternate color to be used to indicate the beg of round. Blocking wires or blocking pins – whatever suits your fancy for blocking lace-type pieces, and as always, a trusty, blunt tapestry needle.
Other notes: Pattern instructions for lace portion are charted clearly with corresponding legend. The pattern is written using 2 colors but I encourage you to experiment with more as you see fit. This is also a great stash-busting project for yarns you have lying around. If you want a larger blanket, work this up in a worsted weight yarn on larger needles. Price for the pattern is $5.75 USD
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I have plenty of knitting to show – it just needs to be photographed. I’m closing in on my merino/cashmere pullover and having fun with new yarns and Shetland lace. Oh my!
The BT Design Guarantee: As always, this pattern has been test-knit and tech-edited in an effort to bring the most enjoyable and error-free process to you – the knitter! I have personally prepared all diagrams and charts as well as knit/photographed samples and designed pattern layouts – soliciting the opinions of knitters prior to publication in an effort to streamline this product. I have done my very best to bring you a pattern that I am proud to stand behind fully. I do my best to respond to concerns or comments as soon as possible and, as always, thank you for your support and encouragement. Happy knitting! -Jared