Ms. Clarke by Brenda Patipa

Ms. Clarke

July 2010
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
700 - 750 yards (640 - 686 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

In helping my friend sort through her mom’s stash I came across this lovely skein of silk tucked away in a corner of the closet. It was begging to be used. So I begged, well asked to use it, to make her a shawl.
Why is it that your neighbor’s yarn is more desirable than your own? My dear friend’s mom was born and raised in Montreal so when I came across this stitch pattern that resembled the Maple leaf I knew I had to incorporate it in this shawl.

Knitters can find inspiration in almost anything. The combination of nature and a good stitch pattern book are my favorite places to start. My next step involves a charting program or some graph paper. I play around with the increases and decreases, (X & Os) until I get something I like. Then I knit the swatch, just to be sure.