Memory Shawl by Lonna Cunningham

Memory Shawl

Knitting
February 2012
328 - 766 yards (300 - 700 m)
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The shawl is designed to be an easy knit during a stressful time: the knitting is very “easy to read” and there is only one row where you need to do any counting - after that, well placed stitch markers and/or the appearance of purl ridges and yarn overs will tell you what you need to do next. It’s called the Memory Shawl because it was originally made in memory of someone … so it had to be the kind of knitting I could handle even with a brain fogged by grief.

Use any yarn you like (this would be lovely in handspun), just adjust your needles to get the guage you want and knit until it is the size that suits you. For sock weight yarn, you will probably want about two or three skeins. This pattern is adjustable from a small shawlette to a large triangle shawl you can wrap yourself up in. Due to the fact that it’s almost all in stockinette stitch, not open lace, you will need more yardage than you might expect, however, you can just knit until it’s the size you want (or until you’re getting low on yarn), so it is flexible enough to work with what’s in your stash. If you are purchasing yarn for the project, I’d recommend you get one more ball/skein than you think you need - you’ll probably want it.

If you are running low on yarn, do not do the picot bind off the pattern calls for (it uses a lot of yarn!) just bind off loosely in the normal fashion.

Black shawl was made with 120 g of laceweight 100% alpaca.
Light green shawlette was made by Alpacayarns with 90 g of fingering weight cashmere/acrylic/wool blend.

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