bem-me-quer by Inês Sousa


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April 2013
Lace ?
23 stitches = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
512 - 589 yards (468 - 539 m)
One size
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Pattern is available here

This pattern is also available as part of my new e-book Primavera: an Eco-friendly e-book with 5 original shawl designs.

bem-me-quer it’s a textured shawl knitted bottom-up with a lace edging resembling daisies. Inspired by the popular children’s play “bem-me-quer, malmequer” (with many possible translations - love me, love me not/ forget me, forget me not/ wish me, wish me not) where a daisy, petal by petal, reveals you if your love is corresponded or not…

The main body is worked with short-rows creating a lovely crescent shape and the upper section is also worked in lace adding extra interest to this romantic and very spring like knit.

More info:

Materials: approx 468.4 m - 538.6 m (512.3- 589.1 yds) of lace yarn; size 4 mm (US 6) circular needles, size 5.5 mm (US 9) for CO, tapestry needle; pins for blocking; stitch markers (optional)

Level: Advanced - requires experience with lace knitting, unusual stitches, short rows and managing a large number of stitches on certain rows.

Skills needed: K, YO, Dyo, K2tog, Ssk, K6tog, M3, elongated sts, knitted CO, short-rows (using the Yarn over method – explained into pattern), BO. A few more special sts, also explained into pattern - I added a tutorial. Wet block the shawl and woven in ends.

Pattern format: Both written instructions (line by line) and charts ( for the set-up and lace patterns – but not for the short rows) are provided.

Many thanks to the test group