Beach Ball Shawl by Alicia Marchant
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Beach Ball Shawl

March 2013
Lace ?
14 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in blocked stitch pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
700 - 850 yards (640 - 777 m)
72 cm by 176 cm, 28 inches by 69 inches
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

A rectangular shawl inspired by the mesh bags of beach balls that seem to hang outside every shop in an English seaside town.

The shawl is knitted from the bottom up, with the border knitted on afterwards. Both written and charted instructions are included for the main stitch pattern and border.

A tutorial for the border is included on pages 6-9. This is photo heavy, so only print if you need to.

The striped nature of the lace works wonders taming variegated yarns.

Working the repeats specified, the border uses 23-25% of the total yardage.

Ideal yarns for this have approximately 600 meters/ 650 yards per 100g (or 20 wpi for hand spinners). Softee was on the heavier end of the lace weight range. Testers using lighter weights, such as Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (which has 800m per 100g) were unable to get gauge and as a result got a smaller shawl (19” by 54” for example).

Additional tools required:
Blocking pins
2 Stitch markers
Waste yarn for a provisional cast on
Waste yarn or a spare circular with end caps to hold stitches whilst the border is worked.
Tapestry needle or small crochet hook for weaving in ends.

To work a gauge swatch, I recommend casting on 30 stitches, and working as per the main body of the shawl with 2 instead of 7 repeats. To ensure the shawl will turn out the expected size, block this swatch.