Garden of Alla Shawl
CHART ONLY PATTERN. No instructions for how to knit triangle shawls from charts included. Best book on subject: Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn A. Clark.
In honor of the Garden of Alla’s first birthday (begun 8/13/2008), I have uploaded a new .pdf with clearer border charts.
The first shawl shown was knit in worsted, which suits the strong Art Deco/Nouveau Moorish motif, and a self striping yarn will bring out the slight ripple of the pattern. But this will work with any weight or color yarn. If using lighter yarn just repeat chart B till you get to size needed. The latest .pdf now includes the border chart for the lace-weight half-hex Moonrockets Shawl (3rd & 4th photo).
Check out Haramis17’s Blood Garden version for an absolutely beautiful edging variation. She has graciously posted her version here: (New link as of May 17, 2010. Be sure to hit the “Full Screen” button or you won’t be able to see the chart!)
Print with a horizontal page set up.
Helpful Hints: It seems like the words “repeat chart x” are the biggest hurdle any new lace shawl knitter faces. It really is all about the edge stitches. Let’s take Chart B of Alla for instance. Go to row 36 and look at how it’s knit until you get to the outlined stitch pattern box. Now look at row 68 of Chart C. See how they both share the same 6 stitches till the pattern stitch box appears? Keep noticing: row 42 starts the same as row 74, row 46 starts the same as row 78, etc. All of these “pairs” are 32 rows apart. So the repeat of the chart is 32 rows. Get it? 32 is the magic number here because Fountain Lace has 8 rows and 16 stitches per pattern repeat. 8 & 16 both go into 32. It’s MATH.