Afternoon Tea by Helen Stewart

Afternoon Tea

by Helen Stewart
Knitting
Fingering (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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Afternoon Tea has been updated: The paid for version includes a new medium size, and both original small and new medium sizes are written in my percentage checklist style that is so popular with Curious Handmade knitters!

The original pattern is 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.

Finished Measurements
Small
101cm (40”) across top straight edge
46cm (18”) middle of top edge to bottom
Medium
119cm (47”) across top straight edge
51cm (20”) middle of top edge to bottom

Yarn
Small
Anzula Luxury Fibers Squishy 80% superwash
merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 352m /385yd per
skein
, 1 x 100g skein, Colour: Teal
Quince & Co Tern 75% wool, 25% silk, 202m /221yd
per skein
, 2 x 50g skeins, Colour: Columbine
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock 100% superwash merino
wool, 361m /395yd per skein
, 1 x 100g skein,
Colour: Baltic
Viola Merino Fingering 100% superwash merino
wool; 365m/400yd per skein
, 1 x 100g skein,
Colour: Violet
Or fingering/sock weight yarn totalling
approximately 400m/437yds
Medium
Anzula Luxury Fibers Squishy 80% superwash
merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 352m/385yd per
skein
, 2 x 100g skeins, Colour: Candied Apple
Or fingering/sock weight yarn totalling
approximately 600m/656yds

Needles
4mm (US 6), 80cm (32”) long circular needles (or
size to obtain gauge)

Notions
Tapestry needle