Knitting for me has always been a process of exploration. When I was first introduced to Estonian lace, I was smitten. A love affair with Estonian stitches began, and through the years I have continued to improve my understanding of Estonian stitches while adapting them to more modern knitting techniques.
This shawl was a long time in the making. The pattern was written and re-written several times and my tentative rows ripped and reknit until finally, Meryl was ready for its debut.
This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice knitter or a more experienced mid-level knitter as the chart can be difficult to follow.
Both written and charted directions are included in this pattern. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.
Yarn: 1/2 Skein Briar Rose Fibers Angel Face, approx. 1250 yards, 100% Alpaca, approx. 1100 yards are used
Alternative yarns: Alpaca With a Twist Fino, Briar Rose Fibers Stella, Prism Lace Yarn, Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool/Silk 2/18, lightweight lace yarns
Needle: US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needles or needles to obtain gauge
Gauge: (unblocked) 5.7 stitches per inch (spi) and 8 rows per inch (rpi) OR 23 stitches & 32 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette
(blocked) 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 5.53 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 20 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette
Size: 93 inches by 24 inches
To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the length and width of the shawl as needed.
Note: All wrong side pattern rows (even rows) are purled, the body maintains a 7 stitch garter stitch (knit every row) edging on both sides. There is no garter stitch edge maintained on the ends.