Love Child by Barbara Benson

Love Child

October 2014
Light Fingering ?
10 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
680 - 750 yards (622 - 686 m)
20 in x 43 in, 51 x 109 cm, adjustible
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It looks complicated, but it really isn’t. This shawl is worked from side to side, starting at the small point and growing towards a long, swooping bind-off. Believe it or not the stitch pattern is 4 stitches wide and 4 rows long. By working the pattern in stripes and shifting which color is on which two rows you create two very different looks - producing the wide stripes that you see.

The shape is a cross between a deep crescent and an asymmetrical triangle which provides a large variety of styling options. Worked in a delicious blend of Merino, Yak and Silk it is warm enough for the fall but quite lightweight.

Due to the side to side nature of the pattern it can be easily adjusted in size and if you are feeling creative you can dabble with changing up the width of the stripes once you understand the pattern. Difficulty wise it is mostly simple lace techniques with one fancy increase that quickly becomes old hat once you have worked it a couple of times. Adventurous beginners should have no problem with this pattern.

If you would like to see this shawl in action you can find a video pattern tour on my YouTube Channel Watch Barbara Knit here.

This shawl was specifically designed to highlight the drape and rich jewel tones of Gale’s Art MYS 622, a light fingering weight yarn that is a dream to knit with. Any combination of her beautiful colors would work well in this piece.

If you have read this far - the name came about during a discussion with me attempting to explain the pattern to Gale. I said that it was like In Uffish Thought and Captive had a Love Child. The name stuck.

There is now a German language version of the pattern. Übersetzt ins Deutsche von Gerda Schulze Zumloh. Bei Fragen erreichbar unter Ravelry Username zumloh oder auf der Webseite, auf der sie auch handgefärbte Garne verkauft.