Sand Castles Shawl
A graceful, crescent shaped, two color shawl, written in two sizes.
• The body of this shawl is an easy eyelet design on a stockinette stitch background, separated by garter stitch stripes and bordered with a lace pattern. The instructions are deceptively simple, using only K2tog, YO, SL1 & PSSO for the lace and any shaping. The beaded picot bind-off adds an elegance and drape to the overall design. I expain, in the instructions, exactly what to do in case you have never done this technique before. The instructions are written row by row with stitch counts for every increase, for ease of keeping track of your progress.
• A complete list of abbreviations and a stitch glossary explaining the techniques used in the project are included.
• Skill level: Advanced beginner to intermediate.
Yarn selection: Any fingering weight yarn should work, approximately 750yards of the MC and 380yds of the CC color were used for the large shawl. Approximately 352yds of the MC and 240yds of the CC were used for the small shawl. I don’t suggest using a variegated yarn since it usually camouflages any lace design. I recommend a light color for the CC as it will show off the lace border better than a dark color.
Needles & Notions
40in circular needle, US 5/3.75mm or 6/4mm, or size needed to get gauge (some test knitters used size US 6/4mm)
40in circular needle, two US sizes larger or .75mm to 1mm larger than needle used to get gauge
Crochet hook, 1mm, or small enough to fit through a bead
20/30 stitch markers, small/large
1 - 24g tube seed beads, size 6/0 (E beads), 252 beads/large shawl, 158 beads/small shawl
Gauge: 22 sts = 4in/10cm in stockinette stitch pattern with US 5/3.75 needle
Correct gauge is not critical for this project, but your final measurements and yardage requirements may vary if your gauge is different.
Approx. Finished Measurements
Unblocked: 60in wide, 19in deep
Blocked: 80in wide, 22in deep
Unblocked: 45in wide, 12.5in deep
Blocked: 54in wide, 17in deep
Yarns used on samples
Yarn - small shawl
NEIGHBORHOOD FIBER CO., RUSTIC FINGERING (100% Superwash Merino, 475yds, 4oz) main color (MC) Cleveland Park; 1 skein
NEIGHBORHOOD FIBER CO., RUSTIC FINGERING (100% Superwash Merino, 475yds, 4oz) contrast color (CC) Hampden; 1 skein
Yarn – large shawl
MADELINETOSH, TOSH MERINO LIGHT (100% superwash merino wool; 420yds) color ink, main color (MC); 2 skeins
MADELINETOSH, TOSH MERINO LIGHT (100% superwash merino wool; 420yds) color whiskers, contrast color (CC); 1 skein