Meandering Vines Shawl
This generously sized shawl showcases the wavy lines of the lace pattern worked in a wonderful baby alpaca yarn. The right side rows of the pattern consist of only two different simple lace stitch sequences and every wrong side row is purled, making this pattern very easy to memorize and knit.
The size of the completed shawl can be easily customized to accommodate different yarn weights and quantities. The original was knitted with a lace yarn held double to achieve substantial drape and weight, but the yarn could be held single with a simple switch to slightly smaller needles. It could also be worked in fingering, sport, or worsted-weight yarn on appropriately sized needles. The needle size can be easily determined by some simple swatching, the goal is to achieve a pleasing balance between the yarn overs and the more solid areas.
Even further customization can be achieved by working fewer pattern repeats horizontally and vertically, so that the shawl can easily change into a scarf of just about any size, making this the perfect pattern for that one special skein.
October 2008: By the way, the reason my original shawl pattern was written for a doubled laceweight was simply that I wanted a more substantial shawl and I fell in love with that particular yarn. Doubling it was an obvious solution, but it is not necessary for a successful knit. There are two reasons why I knitted the original in two pieces and grafted the center: I really love the exact symmetry of having a cast-on edge on each end, plus I wanted to learn how to graft. There is no reason why the scarf/shawl could not be knitted in one piece, end to end, and the scalloped edges blocked to mirror each other.
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