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Roxanne Mystery Shawl

Knitting
April 2011
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
410 - 430 yards (375 - 393 m)
One (with option for those using 400 yards or less)
This pattern is available for free.

Clues available here.

Be sure to read each clue post very carefully, they contain all of the errata as well as notes to help you avoid a few issues that tripped people up.

All of my patterns have stories, and the Roxanne Mystery Shawl is no different. Earlier this week I watched the cinematic classic Roxanne starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah in their 1980s glory. I watched this at the behest of my boyfriend: the movie is one that his family loves and he grew up watching regularly. Unbeknownst to me, having never seen this film, Steve Martin has a famous line that is disgustingly cheesey and adorably romantic. When explaining to his colleague why he’s so happy and not in his usual sullen mood, he says:

“Because yesterday she doesn’t, but today she does.”

Adorable, right? And totally cheesey. But still, it’s precious and it makes the quirky comedy a little more romantic than it starts off as.

This quote embodies Roxanne Mystery Shawl and the whole concept of a mystery shawl. You start out with nothing special – a garter tab start and simple pattern set up – but you end up with something fantastic – a beautiful new pattern and the beginnings of a spunky new shawl – the next time you work on it.