La Cumparsita by Marnie MacLean
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La Cumparsita

January 2009
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
560 yards (512 m)
One Size: 62”/157.5 cm wide by 31”/79 cm deep
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Pattern Description from “La Cumparsita is one of the most well known tangos and means ‘the little parade.’ This delicate lacy shawl is composed of two complimentary lace patterns and a simple border with an easy picot bind off. Worked in superwash merino wool, it’s surprisingly durable and ready to be worn over a flirty ruffled dress or slung round your neck as a elegant scarf.”

Size: One Size: 62”/157.5 cm wide by 31”/79 cm deep


  • US size 5/3.75mm (or size to obtain gauge) circular needles 32”/80cm length
  • Stitch markers (at least 4)
  • 560 yards (1 skein) Dizzy Blonde Superwash Sock Yarn in Farrah, 115g/4oz superwash merino sockweight yarn NOTE: Yarn estimate is exact, you may wish to buy extra to be safe.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Blocking supplies
  • Optional: cotton thread for lifelines

Gauge 20 sts x 28 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette.

What you get

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To knit this pattern, you must be able to:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Yarn over
  • Decrease
  • Increase
  • Cast on
  • Bind off
  • Work from a chart
  • Block your knitting

Resources and Thanks

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