Atreides by Barbara Benson


August 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 16 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
390 - 450 yards (357 - 411 m)
Small, Large
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A crescent shaped shawl with unusual shoulder shaping, Atreides is a stylized representation of a soaring eagle in flight.

It includes both a small and a large size and is designed to highlight hand-painted sock/fingering yarns with up to a medium level of variegation (use highly variegated yarn at your own risk, it could look awesome). The shoulder shaping helps both sizes sit beautifully on the shoulders and the larger size can be worn “bandit” style or with the long ends curling gracefully from the shoulder.

Instructions are a combination of both written and charted directions with the lace panel provided in chart form only. This pattern is not for mindless knitting; the construction and some unorthodox stitch marker techniques require intermediate/experienced knitting skills. Stitches include single decreases on both RS and WS as well as double decreases on the WS. But don’t let that scare you! Once you get the hang of the lace it moves right along.

This pattern is available on KnitCompanion

Update 11/19/12
The pattern has been updated to meet my current pattern format, which is hopefully a bit easier to use. As a little extra something, I included new instructions to add beads to the pattern for fun & sparkle.

You will need 116(S)/131(L) size 6/0 beads for the charted beads.

Pattern includes a link to the Twisted German Cast-on, so check that out if you are going to travel with the project. Link Here And don’t worry about traveling with the project, the charts are written in a modular format so that they all fit on one page with a chart repeat cheat sheet. Once you are familiar with the flow of the pattern you can carry the project with a single sheet of instructions if desired.

This shawl has been tested successfully in Malabrigo Sock, Dream in Color Smooshy, Wollmeise Twin, Knit Picks Stroll and Cascade Heritage Sock. I look forward to seeing what other fantastic yarns people work with.