Rachel's Shawl by MelW

Rachel's Shawl

by MelW
no longer available from 1 source show
September 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
450 yards (411 m)
57 1/2" long x 12" wide
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My first design so please be kind :)

In honor of upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month and those who have been affected by the disease, 100% of all pattern proceeds from now until the end of October will be donated to Emerging from Cancer, an annual retreat for women diagnosed within the last year, or with a recent recurrence or advanced stage cancer (info can be found at this link).


  • 09/04/2013 - 10/31/2013 : 143 patterns sold for a total of $572 ~ sending an even $500 after Paypal & Ravelry fees were taken out…thank you SO MUCH everyone! WE DID A GOOD THING!!!

This pattern was designed at the request of a friend and would never have come to be if it weren’t for her, so I named it in her honor. You can meet Rachel here!

The pattern was designed for beginner lace knitters. The stitch counts remain constant throughout the wrap and all wrong side rows are purled, so the lace work is only on one side of the pattern. It works up very quickly and is a great way to use up stashed yarn, as well as being a good go-to project if you’re in need of a quick knit for gift giving.

Pattern uses 2 hanks of Tilli Thomas ‘Salt & Pepper’ 100% spun silk with prestrung glass seed beads (1 hank=225yds : wrap requires 450yds) ~ the shade is 215LL ‘Hope’

Yarn substitutions: 450 yards of any worsted weight yarn would work in place of the beaded silk for something less fiddly. I think the pattern is simple and distinct enough that it works up well in both solid and variegated yarns.

The wrap can be adjusted to different sizes by adding or deleting pattern repeats, and also works up well in both heavier and lighter weight yarns.

Gauge with suggested yarn: (1 pattern repeat = 48st x 16rows)

  • preblocked : 9 1/2” wide x 2 1/8” tall
  • blocked : 12” wide x 2 7/8” tall
  • relaxed after blocking : 12” wide x 2 3/4” tall

Thank you, Rachel. I hope everyone loves it as much as you did!

Thanks also to Jeff & Will for your pattern support and also Annette & Penny for test knitting!

(please do not duplicate this pattern or use my photos without permission ~ thank you!)