Old Shale Variations by Mary Spanos

Old Shale Variations

June 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Old Shale
US 4 - 3.5 mm
660 - 820 yards (604 - 750 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

These sweet baby blankets are knit from variations of the Old Shale lace pattern. Separate stripes are knit and then joined to make a small blanket perfect for strollers and car seats.

Old Shale presents over 40 variations of the Old Shale lace pattern that were knit by members of the Wednesday Afternoon Knitting Study Group and then turned into this collection along with a pattern for really cute baby blankets that were made from the sampler swatches.

These variations can be used on blankets, scarves, shawls, sweaters, hats, mittens, socks…anything!

Old Shale Variations is the product of a happy collaborative effort. Mary Kaiser, Janice Weinstein, and I did the original planning for organizing the variation design process in the fall of 2014. Surprisingly, when we presented this unusual idea to our knitting friends, they agreed to make up new versions of the Old Shale lace stitch and knit huge swatches! Along with the original three of us, that included Karen Ford, Nancy Clemmons, Jennifer Justiss, Deb Kattus, Nancy Lavender, Terry Martin, Victoria Moore, and Susie Strauss. Mary Kaiser and Janice Weinstein served as editors with Mary Kaiser writing a wonderful introduction. I did the layout, the photography, the charts and instructions, and was incredibly lucky to have such a great group to work with.