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Leaves Shawl

Midnightsky Fibers
Knitting
June 2010
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
3.5 stitches = 1 inch in lace pattern
68 in wide along top edge from tip to tip by 30 in long at the longest point (172cm by 76 cm)
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Quick to knit with just 500 yards of worsted weight yarn, this shawl is perfect for when you want a shawl without a super lacey look.
Blocky leaves twine down from the center, with simple repeatable leaf motifs making up most of the knitting. The shawl is knit from the top down. Garter stitch edges the shawl to prevent curling, and the simple edging on the bottom produces subtle points.

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Leaves Shawl FAQ- Questions? I have answers here for some of the most common questions, (like are the charts hard?)!

Pattern includes large full color easy to read charts.

Finished size after blocking: 68 in wide along top edge from tip to tip by 30 in long at the longest point (172cm by 76 cm)

Gauge: 3.5 stiches/inch in lace pattern (14 stitches over 4 inches/10 cm). Take time to check your gauge.

Skills: Intermediate: Casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, intermediate skill at reading charts.
Materials:
-500 yards worsted or aran weight yarn, sample uses 2 skeins Dream in Color Classy in color 150 Happy Forest
-Scrap yarn for cast on
-Size 9 (5.5 mm) 32 inch circular needle, or size to get gauge
-Tapestry needle to weave in ends
-Stitch markers
-Pen or highlighter to mark off finished rows

Notes:
If using a handpainted yarn, it is best to work with 2 skeins at once to prevent obvious differences in the skeins from showing and to help prevent pooling. Included are additional charts to make the shawl larger or so you can use lace weight yarn-(you will need more yarn if you change the yarn weight or add more rows).

The cast on for the shawl is sometimes called the “garter stitch tab cast on”, as made popular by Evelyn Clark. It makes for a neat cast on that matches the garter stitch border.

How to read the charts:
Odd rows are charted. For even numbered rows, knit 3, purl across to last 3, knit 3. This creates the garter stitch edge.
You might find it helpful to place stitch markers before the first and last 3 stitches to remind yourself to always knit the garter edge, as well as putting a maker on each side of the center stitch.

Charts unless otherwise noted are shown with only the first half of the shawl to the center stitch- which has a YO on each side. Follow chart from right to left. When you get to the middle stitch work back from left to right (mirror image). Be sure to reverse the shaping- a K2tog becomes an SSK, an SSK becomes a K2tog on the second side so that both sides of the shawl will match.

Pattern for personal use only, for artists and wholesale please see Midnightsky Fibers.