Marilla's Very Practical Shawl by Rachel Molenaar

Marilla's Very Practical Shawl

September 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1100 yards (1006 m)
one size (52" corner to corner, 92" with ties)
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Pattern includes some charts; however, all charts are also completely written-out, for knitters who prefer to work from written directions.

The shawl begins with the bottom edging, worked from right
tip to left tip, with a short-row corner halfway through.
Stitches are picked up along this bottom edge, leaving 8
repeats at both tips to form the ties. The body is worked from
the bottom edge, with decreases to form the spine and top
edge. After the body is completed, the neck edging is worked
from right tip to left tip and joined to the body as you go.
It’s worth noting that the bottom edging uses about 40% of the yarn … so even though it takes a long time, you are nearly
halfway done when you finish it!

I read the Anne of Green Gables series several times
over while I was growing up (and at least once as
an adult). It’s easy to like Anne—we’re meant to
like her--but I always had a soft spot for Marilla
Cuthbert. Prickly, practical, and tough, she
protected a tender heart with a convincing façade.

I like to think Marilla would have liked this shawl.
It’s warm, knits up quickly, and the long Danish-style
ties allow you to wrap and secure the shawl
around your shoulders and waist. But, there’s just
enough lace to make it pretty, too.