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Blue Thistle Shawl

Knitting
September 2011
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch on smaller needles
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
624 yards (571 m)
22" x 71"; DK, worsted or Aran weight yarn
This pattern is available for download for $4.20.

Architectural beauty of the thistle plant serves as an inspiration for this generously sized wrap. Thistle is knitted in one piece starting at the bottom edge of the lace panels. The shawl is then shaped by a few simple decreases and easy stockinette short rows (no wraps), which form the curved crescent shape.

The small pattern repeats along with the use of larger needles help make this project suitable even for a knitter new to lace. The unexpected use of Aran weight tweed results in a faster and warmer knit and provides additional texture to the project.

Please note - I used exactly 5 skeins of the yarn for the sample shawl and had only 3 yards left over. The pattern in the IK Gifts lists 6 skeins as a requirement so there is no chance of anyone running out of yarn :)

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