Cast on a shawl to conjure summer wildflowers when the snow starts to fly. Aster is a delicate triangular beauty made of traditional Estonian elements, including tulip motifs and nupps—simple small bobbles formed by repeatedly knitting and making yarnovers into a single stitch, then purling together the whole cluster on the return row. Apart from the nupp closures, wrong side rows are worked plain, making this lace project accessible to intermediate knitters. Worked from the top center outward, the shawl uses three skeins of Loft and measures 58” along the top edge after blocking. Directions (including yardage requirements) are given in the pattern for expanding Aster with further repetitions of the chart, or for making a nupp-free variation. Choose your favorite floral hue to give you a lift on grey days.
- Approximately 710 yards of fingering weight wool yarn
- 14¾ stitches & 24 rows = 4″ over pattern from Shawl Chart, after blocking
- One 25-stitch pattern repeat from Shawl Chart measures 6¾”wide, after blocking
- One 25-stitch pattern repeat from Edging Chart measures 6″ wide, after blocking
- One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested size: 4 mm (US 6)
Some of the decreases in this shawl are worked over a large number of stitches; you may find it easier to work with a needle with sharp tips.
- 58″ wingspan; 29″ height at center spine
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
- Knitted Cast On
- Suspended Bind Off