Irish Ale Shawlette by Nicola W

Irish Ale Shawlette

July 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
dependant on yarn and needle size used.
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The Irish Ale Shawlette is a companion piece (as they say in the art world) to my Irish Ale Socks. I love those socks so much that I’ve been thinking about making something with a similar pattern for yonks. The stitch pattern always makes me think of settling ale, swirling, newly poured, in a pint glass, and the bubbly head at the top (or in this case, the bottom) just cries out to be made out of such a pretty ruffled edging – a stylised form of the main stitch pattern. And so this little shawl was born. Or perhaps poured…

The shawlette is worked from the top downwards and works well in most lighter-weight yarns, as long as you finish after one full repeat. The yardages quoted here are for fingering and lace-weight yarn, but are only guidelines.

Try in sport-weight, or DK for something a little more substantial! Gauge isn’t important, and as long as you have enough yarn, you’re guaranteed of a darling little shawl, designed to keep the Autumn (or Spring) chills from your shoulders as you partake of an Irish Ale down the pub!

I have not included any gauge information, as it is not pertinent to the pattern. (See information about yarn above.) For each of my own versions I used an entire skein of the main colour yarn for the body of the shawlette, and just under half that amount (in yards) for the froth, making 2 full repeats. The size of the shawlette is left entirely to the knitter’s discretion, and the length of yarn on the ball!