Aster by Manda Shah


November 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Shawl Chart, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
710 - 825 yards (649 - 754 m)
58" wingspan; 29" height at center spine; measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
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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
3 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Thistle

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

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PLEASE NOTE: stitch patterns are charted only.