Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl by Maggie Magali
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Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl

Knitting
January 2011
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch before wet blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
330 yards (302 m)
Shoulderette
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Ginkgo is a classic top-down shoulderette shawl knit in one piece. A portion of stockinette stitch is followed by a lace border. Lace is worked on both the knit and purl sides. Lace is in chart form only.

Needles: US 6/4.0mm circular needle, 24”/60cm or longer. US 8/5.0mm and US 10/6.0mm needles are used only for creating the stretchy bind-off.

Measurements: 46”/115cm wide. 22”/55cm length along spine.

Yardage: Test knits used 330yds/300m. Allow 100g of fingering-weight sock yarn to be on the safe side. Stockinette portion can be increased/decreased to suit other yardages. Instructions for this are included in the pattern.

Increasing the shawl size:
Pattern instructs how to increase the shawl size in odd multiples (5, 7, 9 etc.) of the lace chart repeat. But what if your yardage is more than enough for say 7 repeats but insufficient for 9? To make best use of her yarn, knitabyebaby suggests this clever idea for working an even number of repeats. She worked 8 repeats:

I knit til 121 sts on each side (excluding the garter st edging). But 8x15 +2 = 122, so I needed to increase an extra stitch on each side to get an even number. So I began the lace pattern, but instead of purling 2 sts the first time, I purled front &back into the first stitch, then followed the pattern. Then instead of the last set of 2 purl sts, I did the same, purling into the front and back of the last stitch. Now I am following the pattern as written - and the shawl will be just the right size and all of my beautiful yarn will be used up! I thought this would be a good option for people wanting to try for 6 or 8 x15 +2 instead of 5 or 7.

Credits: Pattern was originally inspired by the lace stitch on this vignes dishcloth.