Return of Spring by Luise O'Neill

Return of Spring

April 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, washed and laid flat to dry
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 460 yards (366 - 421 m)
S (M, L); Top Edge: 52 (55.5, 59)" / 132 (141, 150)cm (see Notes)
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♫ The Music ♫
A toe-tapping tune, The Return of Spring Polka is just the ticket to banish those winter blues, as is this cheerful cable-and-lace shawl. Delicate stitches create lovely meandering motifs which open the door to the joys that Spring will bring. Colour inspiration? Spring flowers are just bursting with suggestions!

Pattern Notes
This crescent-shaped shawl is knit side to side; sizes are adjusted by working extra repeats in the central portion. The shawl begins with an I-Cord Cast On and ends with an I-Cord Bind Off. Stitches are initially increased between the outer edging and the main lace panel; once the main lace panel is established, stitches are increased between the main lace panel and the left I-Cord edge to create the upper-back Garter stitch section. Decreases are worked in the same manner to taper the shawl at the far end. When blocking the lower edge, only each point needs to be pinned or placed on blocking wires.

Both charts and written directions for charts are provided.

Two additional PDFs are included with this pattern:
• Written directions for charts;
• Magnified versions of Charts 1, 2 and 3.

Additional Size Information:
Back Depth (all sizes): 11.5” / 29cm
Bottom Edge: 67 (70.5, 74)“ / 170 (179, 188)cm

Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

Helpful Techniques:
Cabling Without a Cable Needle
Reading Charts

Directions for the I-Cord Cast On and Bind Off are included.

Test Knitters: Our sincere thanks go to the following knitters who so generously gave their time and talents to test knit this pattern: Ravellers novknitchic, contemax, janetknitwitch, momtatknits, connieknits and dambird.

Once again a heartfelt thank you to Annie Maloney and her beautiful stitch designs ~ you inspire, always!

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