Alexandra Shawl by Dee O'Keefe
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Alexandra Shawl

March 2012
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
420 - 750 yards (384 - 686 m)
68" x 34" shawl; 52" x 26" shawlette
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Alexandra is a top-down, triangular lace shawl with great texture and bold design. This shawl was designed specifically for fingering weight, hand-dyed yarn, although the design will look lovely knitted up in solid colors as well.

Alexandra is offered as a 15-page, charted pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and detailed instructions on how to use them. Even knitters who have not previously used charts should find these user-friendly and simple to comprehend. But if you have any questions or comments, pattern support is my pleasure and is always available.

For your convenience, the pattern includes separate charts for two sizes: a full-sized shawl and a smaller shawlette. (Please print pages 1-11 for shawl size; 1-6 and 12-16 for shawlette size.) Also included is an instruction sheet “How to Block a Lace Shawl.”

Working with hand-dyed yarn can be challenging when two or more skeins are involved, as there always seems to be a line of demarcation wherever the new skein is added. I don’t like alternating skeins but love the uniqueness of hand-dyed yarn, so I decided to incorporate the inherent differences between skeins into the design of the larger shawl size. A contrasting yarn color may also be used for the border on either size.

Please note that this is a charted pattern, there are no written out instructions for the charts.

Because the shawl size requires two skeins of most fingering weight yarns, you can work the body with the first skein and switch to the second skein at the border. What might have looked like a mistake if the skeins were changed elsewhere now looks like an artistic design decision!

Construction Notes: Alexandra starts at the center back of the neck and is knit down to the bottom edge. There is a three-stitch garter border on each side, four yarn-over increases on each right-side row and a center stitch separating each half. Patterning is done on the right side rows only, with all wrong side rows being purled between the garter borders.

Blocked Size: Shawl 68” x 34”; Shawlette 52” x 26” in the Tosh Merino Light yarn

Yardage: The purple and gold shawls pictured used approx. 650 yards of 1-ply, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light fingering weight yarn on US #5 (3.75mm) needles. Please note that test knitters used between 600 and 760 yards depending on yarn, needle size and individual knitting style, so if you have 2 skeins of fingering/sock yarn or equivalent yardage, you will certainly have enough.

The green shawlette pictured used 410 yards of the Tosh 1-ply fingering weight yarn on US #5 (3.75mm) needles, although some test knitters used up to 460 yards of different yarn.

BIG CHARTS! I highly recommend setting the “Page Sizing” on your Adobe Acrobat printing window (left side) to ACTUAL SIZE in order for the charts to print as large as possible.