Midsummer Night’s Shawl by Lisa Naskrent

Midsummer Night’s Shawl

June 2010
Lace ?
4.0 mm (G)
1410 yards (1289 m)
70" wide and 35" tall
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This pattern is available from interweave.com for $7.99.
Errata available: crochetme.com

Soft petals shape this dreamy laceweight shawl.

You will find that if you can work a treble cluster and plain cluster, you can work this pattern. It truly is deceptively simple.

The 4-row repeat is so intuitive, you will have it memorized in no time, and soon after, have this sweet shawl to envelop yourself in.

As for the pattern and construction, the shawl works from corner to tip to corner. Thus, you can make it as long/wide as you wish, as you go. The triangle starts smaller than the palm of your hand, then proportionately gets bigger as you work.

Shawl builds on a 1:2 ratio. (The height is always half of the width)

Hook Size G/6 (4.25 mm, not 4 mm) or size needed to achieve gauge

Try out with thicker yarn
If you are new to lace, try this pattern out with a sport weight yarn, and then work it in lace. If you do, change all ch 7 to ch 5, or as needed to compensate for heavier yarn. Plain chains sts in lace tend to be significantly smaller, and depending on your tension compared when working with a sport yarn, less chains may be needed when working the heavier yarn.

If you are new to working with lace, know that the blocking process is where the magic happens. Things may look a little ragged, and have a “crumpled” look - and this is the nature of working lace weight. So, do not fret.

During blocking, the fibers relax. When the shawl is pinned out and allowed to dry, everything opens up and lines up. So when you are working the shawl, it will not look perfect as it does in the finished photo- only after blocking does it look like this.