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Project 7 - Unst Lace Shawl

Heirloom Knitting (Book)
Knitting
May 2006
Cobweb / 1 ply ?
30 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern, blocked
US 1 - 2.25 mm
2500 - 3000 yards (2286 - 2743 m)
Errata available: heirloom-knitting.co.uk

Pattern Description from Heirloom Knitting: “The finished size of this beautiful stole is 72 inches by 32 inches (180 x 80cm), the inspiration for it is a traditional Unst shawl knitted approximately 100 years ago. I have recreated this as closely as possible as a stole, using similar patterns. Experienced knitters could re-interpret these directions and produce a shawl again if they would wish to.”

Materials:

  • 10+ x 1/2oz (14g) hanks of Jamieson & Smith’s Shetland Cobweb 1 ply - wound into balls
  • Oddment of contrasting 2 ply Lace-weight wool - for waste wool casting on
  • 2.25mm Circular needle - (British size 13), 40 and 60 cm long - I prefer to use the smaller length but it is up to the knitter to choose. Equivalent knitting needles could be used instead.
  • Tapestry needle for final finishing
  • Embroidery scissors - sharp pointed, for cutting out the Waste Wool Casting On
  • Stitch holder

Pages 269 (refer to stole pattern on pages 261-268).

Errata:

Page 269: The information given on this page is correct but would either produce a very large shawl or need working with a finer yarn. Also, the borders would be based on the chart given on page 265 and the pattern increased in a slightly different manner. For the pictured shawl using Shetland Cobweb 1 Ply and British size 13 / 2.25 mm / US 0, I used an All Over Tree and Diamond centre of 165 sts - 9 mulitiples of 16 sts + 21 side sts (see page 102). Then you can use the chart given on page 269 and work borders starting with 166 sts each: - 3 multiples of 36 sts + 2 x 29 side sts (as shown on this chart).