Midsummer Night by Frances McCarthy
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Midsummer Night

July 2011
Lace ?
6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

“Swift as a shadow, short as any dream,
Brief as the lightning in the collied night”
A Midsummer Nights’ Dream

Full of shifting shapes and shadows, this little shawl is full of the spirit of Midsummer Night.

Each pattern repeat twines around the next, producing a soft tapestry of lace and solid shapes, perfect for a semi-solid or variegated yarn. With a shimmer of beads around the edge to give it weight and sparkle, it’s a magical and interesting little knit, and ideal for a piquant little holiday project.

In construction it is a classic triangular shawl with the same pattern used across both the body and the border. The body is worked in one piece from the centre top, and the edge is finished with a few rows in a contrast colour. It can be as large or as small as you like.

The pattern repeat uses only a few stitches, all very easy, so it’s an ideal starter project.

To help new shawl knitters, I have included two patterns – one with some direction for those who have made a triangular shawl before and are confident lace knitters, and longer directions for novices. Both are fully charted.

Additional materials

Seed beads for edging and bead needle/jeweller’s wire for threading.

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