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Good Day Sunshine

Knitting
March 2012
Lace / 2 ply ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in Sun Chart
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
440 yards (402 m)
This pattern is available for free.

Winters can be cold and dark in Norway, so when spring comes I take every chance to be outside in the sunshine. In fact, you are looked upon as kinda crazy if you choose to stay inside when you can soak up the sun. Every year, when it is warm enough to sit outside I catch myself humming Good Day Sunshine by The Beatles:

“I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I’ve got something I can laugh about
I feel good, in a special way
I’m in love and it’s a sunny day
Good day sunshine ”

This is my humble ode to Sunshine.

Estonian gathered stitches combined with eyelets create the fabric for the center of this sunny shawlette. A mix of lace and cabling is then used to flare out the shawlette into intertwining rays of sunshine, ensuring that the shawlette sits nicely on your shoulders.

A larger version of the Sun chart is here; Ray Setup is here.

Customizing
The Sun chart creates a half-circle shawl, the flare out begins at the end of the Ray Set-Up chart and continues with the ray chart.
For those who wish to make a larger shawl I suggest adding repeats of the Sun chart, ending with rows 1-10 of the Sun chart before continuing on to the Ray Set-Up chart. You can then add repeats of 13-16 of the Ray chart.

Errata
Written Chart instructions
Ray Setup Chart:
Row 1 RS: K1, 1into3, k1, 3into3, yo, 4into3, k1, 3into3; repeat from to last 7 sts, yo, 4into3, k1, 1into3, k1.
Last 4into3 should not be tbl.

St count at the end of the Ray Setup chart is 213 sts, which makes the final sts count 421.

Directions
Work the Ray Setup chart once, being careful to knit Rows 1-2 loosely in preparation for the 7into7 and 8into7 sts. 211 sts.