Meryl Shawl by Kelli Slack

Meryl Shawl

March 2014
Lace ?
5 stitches and 5.53 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
800 - 1250 yards (732 - 1143 m)
24 inches wide by 93 inches long
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Knitting for me has always been a process of exploration. When I was first introduced to Estonian lace, I was smitten. A love affair with Estonian stitches began, and through the years I have continued to improve my understanding of Estonian stitches while adapting them to more modern knitting techniques.

This shawl was a long time in the making. The pattern was written and re-written several times and my tentative rows ripped and reknit until finally, Meryl was ready for its debut.

This pattern is meant for an adventurous novice knitter or a more experienced mid-level knitter as the chart can be difficult to follow.

Both written and charted directions are included in this pattern. Please read the entire pattern before beginning.

Yarn: 1/2 Skein Briar Rose Fibers Angel Face, approx. 1250 yards, 100% Alpaca, approx. 1100 yards used
Alternative yarns: Shown in Cascade Alpaca Lace Handpaints, 2 skeins, 874 yards total, 100 % Alpaca, River Moss (less length, same width)

Needle: US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needles or needles to obtain gauge

Gauge: (unblocked) 5.7 stitches per inch (spi) and 8 rows per inch (rpi) OR 23 stitches & 32 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette
(blocked) 5 stitches per inch (spi) and 5.53 rows per inch (rpi) OR 20 stitches & 20 rows to 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette

Size: 93 inches by 24 inches

To alter the size: Adjust your gauge to increase or decrease the length and width of the shawl as needed.

Note: All wrong side pattern rows (even rows) are purled, the body maintains a 7 stitch garter stitch (knit every row) edging on both sides. There is no garter stitch edge maintained on the ends.