Afternoon Tea by Helen Stewart
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Afternoon Tea

Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
437 - 656 yards (400 - 600 m)
Small (Medium)
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Announcement - Afternoon Tea has been updated: Along with adding a new medium size, I have also converted both original small and new medium sizes into my easy-to-follow percentage checklist format that is so popular with Curious Handmade knitters!

And of course, the original pattern will still be available for free on Knitty.

The Afternoon tea shawlette was designed with a 1950s style frock and a perfectly frosted cupcake in mind. This frothy, lacy little number is just perfect for wrapping around the shoulders. Although more for adornment than warmth, it could also be worn around the neck with a cardigan or coat to keep out a breeze.

And the best news is that the small size can be knitted up from a single skein of sock weight yarn - perfect for those beautiful, lonely, solo skeins in your stash.

Afternoon tea’s crescent shape creates a pretty drape around the shoulders and looks lovely in both the solid or variegated yarns suggested. The shape is a nod to Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi shawl with the number of stitches roughly doubling at every increase row.

This could make an ideal project for those dipping their toe into lace knitting as the lace patterns in the shawl are quite straightforward.

So get out your vintage china, whip up some cakes and invite your friends around for a nice cup of tea.

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