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Convertible

Knitting
January 2006
Lace / 2 ply ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
800 yards (732 m)
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Wrap it around yourself, with the ends overlapping at one shoulder, and use the cufflinks to hold the overlapping ends in place. Button the long sides together to make a long-sleeved shrug -- use fewer buttons on each end and make a short-sleeved shrug, with cowl (my current favorite). Make a sleeve on one end and wrap the free end around your neck for some asymmetry. Take out all the links and wrap it as a traditional scarf or stole.

If you plan to wear Convertible as a long-sleeved shrug, be sure it’s only as long as your “wingspan” (wrist to wrist, or as long as you like to wear your sleeves). I steam blocked periodically as I worked, to gauge the length more accurately, since -- like all lace -- this stitch pattern grows dramatically when blocked.