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Elizabeth Shawl

Knitting
December 2011
Lace / 2 ply ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
800 - 900 yards (732 - 823 m)
72" x 36" but size will vary
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Elizabeth is also available as part of the Lace Triangle Collection: Ethereal Lace Shawls e-book.

Elizabeth is top-down, triangular lace shawl with charming traditional Shetland stitch patterns and motifs, designed with a modern sensibility. It looks a lot more complex than it is to knit, but don’t tell any non-knitters that, of course!

Elizabeth is offered as a chart-only pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and very detailed instructions on how to use them. Even knitters who have not previously used charts should find these user-friendly and simple to comprehend.

A great shawl to showcase your favorite subtly-variegated hand-dyed or tonal yarns, Elizabeth will also look stunning knitted in solid colors. Lace or fingering weight yarn is suggested for this pattern. PLEASE NOTE: All of the shawls pictured were knitted with lace weight yarn. When using heavier lace weight yarn on US 4 needles, you may anticipate using between 850-900 yards; when using a lighter lace weight yarn on US 3 needles, you may anticipate using between 800-850 yards. Substituting fingering weight 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. Natural fibers are recommended for the best blocked results.

Also included are two additional instruction sheets “How to Block a Lace Shawl” and “Lace Shawl Knitting Tips” for knitters new to the joys and tribulations of creating lace shawls.

ERRATA: On page 5 at the top of Chart 4, where the stitch counts are printed in red, it should read “279 - 1st repeat Rows 1-18” not Rows 1-24, since there are only 18 rows on that chart. The chart itself is correct as written.

Construction Notes: Elizabeth 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.

Blocked Size: 72” x 36”

Yardage: The maroon shawl pictured used 850 yards of heavy lace weight yarn (Dragonfly Fibers Squishy Lace, 100% Merino) on US #4 (3.5mm) needles.

The green shawl pictured used about 800 yards of regular lace weight yarn (Black Sheep Dyeworks Silk/Merino Lace) on US #3 (3.25mm) needles. The weight of this lovely yarn is very similar to Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace 2/18, which would also be a good choice for this pattern.

BIG CHARTS! I highly recommend setting the “Page Sizing” on your Adobe Acrobat printing window (left side) to ACTUAL SIZE in order for the charts to print as large as possible.