Edwina by Dee O'Keefe


January 2012
JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 - Skein
Lace ?
5.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
850 - 880 yards (777 - 805 m)
72" x 36" but easily customizable
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Edwina is a delicate, top-down triangular lace shawl with traditional and Estonian stitch patterns that flow seamlessly from one to the next until ending in a geometric border that echoes the shapes created by the patterns of the shawl body.

The 10-page pattern includes large, easy-to-read charts and full written row-by-row instructions that have the pattern repeats highlighted in yellow for ease of viewing. (Please note that the version of Edwina included in the Lace Triangle Collection e-book is charted only to maintain consistency with the other chart-only patterns in the collection. I am happy to provide the charted version as well with the purchase of the e-book. Just PM me.) There are also detailed blocking notes and stitch counts listed after all pattern repeats.

Lace weight yarn in a solid or tonal color is highly recommended to showcase the intricacy of this design.

The size of the shawl is very easy to customize by working more or less repeats of the main body pattern, the Estonian Half Leaf pattern. Fingering weight yarn may certainly be used, but will increase the size of the finished shawl and could require considerably more yarn depending on needle size, so please make sure to have extra.

Construction Notes: Edwina starts at the center back of the neck and is knit down to the bottom edge. There is a two-stitch garter border on each side, four yarn-over increases on each right-side row and a center stitch separating each half. Patterning is done on the right side rows only, with all wrong side rows being purled between the garter borders.

Edwina is also available as part of the Lace Triangle Collection: Ethereal Lace Shawls e-book.

Blocked Size: 72” x 36” per pattern but very easy to increase or decrease

Yardage: The pale green shawl was knitted with Miss Babs Yasmin in the Frogbelly colorway. Both the Mullberry and Lilac colored shawls pictured were knitted with Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace 2/18 lace weight yarn. All shawls used between 830 and 880 yards on US #3 needles. Test knitters that substituted fingering weight used up to 1100 yards.

This shawl is dedicated to my mother-in-law Edwina O’Keefe (aka Mac), a great lady who was also a trail blazing, tough old broad in the best sense of the word. She rode Harleys and played baseball in the 1930s, enlisted in WWII as one of the first WACs, retired a Captain and led a colorful life until she left us in 2004 to continue wise-cracking, drinking extremely strong cocktails and playing the slot machines up in the big casino in the sky.