Bramble Shawl by Miriam L. Felton
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Bramble Shawl

November 2011
Lace ?
22 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
900 yards (823 m)
55 inches (140cm) across top (not counting borders), 40 inches (76cm) from center of wingspan to bottom point, and border of 5 inches (13cm) wide (not counting picots)
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This pattern is part of The Confluence Collection.

This easy and delicate shoulder shawl is a great transitional piece for those chilly fall mornings, or it makes the leap to winter wear under your favorite dress coat. The solid garter stitch body is a breeze to knit, while the Bramble Stitch border is deceptively simple to work.

The body of this shawl is worked from the bottom point to the long wingspan edge with slipped stitches at the beginning of each row, then the border is picked up along the slipped stitches on both edges of the triangle and knitted outward.

Yarn: 900 yds of heavy laceweight or light fingering weight yarn. Sample shown in Impulse of Delight Merely Lace (80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon, 580 yards per 110 gm
skein) in Blackberry; 19 wpi

Needles: 3.25mm (US 3) and 3.75mm (US 5) 24-inch or longer circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 22 stitches and 25 rows per 4 inches (10cm) square in garter stitch after blocking.

Finished Size: 55 inches (140cm) across top (not counting borders), 40 inches (76cm) from center of wingspan to bottom point, and border of 5 inches (13cm) wide (not counting picots)

Notions: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle to weave in ends

This pattern is written out, not charted. The center stitch of the border is underlined.

During the border of this shawl, you will need to work yarn overs between knits and purls. To work a yo after a purl and before a knit: leave the yarn in the purl position and knit the next stitch. The yarn over will be created as you work the knit. To work a yo after a knit and before a purl: bring yarn to the front between the needles, then wrap it over the needle and back under the needle to the front of the work. It will be anchored when you work the purl.

A tutorial for picking up stitches for the border can be found here (

Stitches Used: knit, purl, p3tog, slipped stitches with yarn in front and with yarn in back, use of markers, knit front and back, knit front back and front, wrap & turn short rows with detailed instructions included in the pattern.

Photos Copyright Caro Sheridan

NOTE: The body cast on should read: With smaller needle, cast on 3 sts. The use of the smaller needle for the body is mentioned in the notes, but not specified in the pattern text, so this should clarify that.