Regrowth by Toby MacNutt


Light Fingering ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1000 - 1700 yards (914 - 1554 m)
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Errata: PDF was most recently updated 7/25/11. If you downloaded it before that point, please re-download. Thanks!

REGROWTH is a top-down triangular lace shawl with some Estonian lace sections. It has been inspired by five different lace patterns - Elizabeth Freeman’s Laminaria, Jenny Johnson Johnen’s Echo Flowers, Katrin Vorbeck’s Spring Leaves, Toni Maddox’s Tiger Eyes, and Lakshmi Juneja’s Ethereal.

The prototype shawl was knit in homespun light fingering yarn, and used approximately 1600 yards. It’s quite large, at about 6’ by 4’. It would be possible to make a smaller shawl using fewer pattern repeats; instructions for this are included in the pattern. You could also use a smaller needle size. But, the pattern is built to incorporate five different lace motifs, and some of the repeats are quite long and wide, so it will always be a larger shawl. A minimum-repeats version blocks out to just over 2’ in depth (past elbow-length on a small-to-average person).

Gauge is not critical, nor yarn weight.

Regrowth is a charted pattern only. Additionally, the size of the shawl and the frequent changes in the lace motifs mean that there are a lot of charts. Chart-reading comfort is a must, and basic lace familiarity. The Estonian stitches used are explained. The necessary elements of triangular construction - garter tab cast-on, selvedge, center spine - are noted in the General Notes section of the pattern.

If you run into problems/errors/confusions in the pattern, please contact me! I’d be happy to help.

Many thanks to the designers of the inspiration patterns, for being inspiring and also for encouraging me to share my design.