Rilsdale by Libby Jonson


August 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
437 yards (400 m)
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My Great-Grandmother Zoe celebrated her wedding at her parents’ homestead “Rilsdale” in Pahiatua, New Zealand in the spring of 1914. She wore a gown of ivory crepe de chine veiled with lace, her train trimmed with orange blossoms and pearls. By all accounts Zoe was a strong woman, reportedly the first woman to ride astride in the Wairarapa and her wedding was a very a splendid affair.

Rilsdale takes a leaf from Zoe’s book.

She’s an impressive crescent shawl full of terrifically fun techniques and striking details.

Designed to showcase beautiful hand-dyed and gradient yarns, Rilsdale is the perfect pattern for knitters wanting to try their hand at short rows and lace.

Includes links to step-by-step photo tutorials.

Pattern has been test knit and professionally tech edited.

Width: approx. 167cm/66“ (blocked)
Depth at the widest part: approx. 43cm/
17“ (blocked)

25 sts / 40 rows = 10cm/4” in garter stitch
after wet blocking. (If your gauge is tight, you
may end up with a smaller shawl. If it’s too
loose you may run out of yarn.)

1 skein of 4ply merino/silk by Gradient (50%
Silk/ 50% merino) 100g = 400m/437 yds in
colourway “Stringy Bark”.
Approx. 400m/437yds of fingering weight

Size 4mm/US 6 circular needle, at least
60cm/24” long. (Adjust needle size if
necessary to obtain correct gauge).
14 stitch markers

2 balls (see:

As with all Truly Myrtle designs, the pattern has been professionally edited and test knitted.