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Good Luck Shawl

Knitting
July 2012
Lace / 2 ply ?
21 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
840 yards (768 m)
Wingspan 60”/152.5cm; length 28.5”/72.5cm

I was moved to design a shawl that was both simple and unusual in shape: instead of the common top-down triangle I chose a half-octagon and decided to make it lacy with off-centered eyelet panels. The result is a shawl that’s both extremely easy to work (nearly nothing to memorize and only a simple eyelet to knit) and rich in shape. Fool people into believing that you have become an expert knitter overnight!

I dubbed the shawl “Good Luck” because while knitting it I had a terrible sequence of misfortunes: the yarn was delayed by the Italian mail; the signed contract addressed to Cooperative Press was instead mailed by the Italian mail to Greece and therefore returned; my toilet broke so that the wall had to be partially knocked down, thus causing my closet to be dismantled and my bedroom to become unusable for several days; finally my computer totally broke as I was getting ready to mail the pattern. I am sure that all of the bad karma in this shawl was thrown upon me, and therefore now knitting it will prove very good luck for you!