Old Soul by Shelby Hamden

Old Soul

January 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
900 - 1000 yards (823 - 914 m)
One Size - (84" wingspan)
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When I began designing this shawl, I was working with a simple concept. I wanted a beautiful asymmetrical shawl, with an easy decorative, picot stitch edging, and NO purling. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate purling, I just like avoiding it when I can. What came from this vision was something that surprised even myself, a beautiful, lacey, squishy and snuggly shawl.

There is a KAL for this pattern! It starts January 1, 2019 and ends on March 10, 2019. Details in the Ravelry Group Defiant Knitter Designs

This design will look gorgeous in almost any color you choose, and since it requires only one skein of each yarn for a 3-color version, you can use whatever fingering weight yarn you pull out of your stash, and I encourage you to mix textures, using single or plied yarns, or even handspun if you like!

There’s a two color version at the end of the pattern, which will need two skeins (or a larger 150g+ skein) of the second colorway, which is perfect for using those pairs of skeins in your stash that aren’t enough for a sweater but you’re not quite finding a 2-skein shawl you like! Just grab a contrasting colorway for it, and use that for the first colorway!

You’re Going to Need:

  • US 6 (4.0mm) circular needles, I realize a lot of people prefer one or two sizes smaller for fingering weight shawls, and this may seem too big, but unless you have extremely loose tension usually, I find this size works perfectly with the squishy garter texture. At least 22” length, if you like more room for your stitches to spread, use a longer length cable.
  • 19 stitch markers to fit your needles. These are optional, I didn’t use them, but it may make the first lace section easier to place markers between the repeats.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends, there will be a good few ends unless you want to carry yarns for 12 rows (which shouldn’t be difficult or untidy, I just like to cut my yarn between colors.)

Biggest thanks to my friend and tech editor for working with me on this “edit as we go” pattern. I’m excited to be able to publish this particular pattern on a special occasion and having such a relaxed schedule to make it happen was really helpful for me.

Also a big thank you is well deserved by mother in law Tina for babysitting the kids and my husband, Nick, who took me out to take some beautiful photos at the mural on the side of the Emerson Rose building in Montrose, downtown Houston.

Mural: Florence and the Machine Wall
by Sebastien “Mr. D 1987” Boileau
1629 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
(And the Bob Ross painting on the building across from the Florence and the Machine Wall, artist unknown to me.)