Skyesong by Rachel C. Brown

Skyesong

Knitting
March 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
240 - 410 yards (219 - 375 m)
small (large)
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This pattern is available for free.

30 March: Please note there is an error in Rows 3, 5, 7 and 9 of the chart. The double yarn over in these rows should be proceeded by a k2tog and followed by a ssk. Corrected written instructions below:

Row 3 RS: K1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k3tog tbl, yo, k3, yo, ssk twice.
Row 5 RS: K1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, k3tog tbl, yo, k2, ssk.
Row 7 RS: K1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k6, ssk.
Row 9 RS: K1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k4, ssk.

Not long after I finished watching the first season of Outlander, I spun up some gorgeous deep red wool/flax top from Spunky Eclectic. I found myself wondering what this very interesting fiber combination would be best suited for, and decided that I really wanted to use it for a lace shawl. The combination of the wool and flax makes for a challenging and different spin, and then knits up into lace that blocks incredibly well, yet still provides some warmth, a good feature for UK-based garments even in the summer!

The body of the shawl starts with a garter tab, and is worked in a Shetland lace pattern. The body pattern is worked over 6 stitches and 4 rows, so the shawl body can be adjusted to any size desired. After finishing the body, 3 rows of garter stitch are worked, with increases hidden in the last garter stitch row. Then stitches are cast on for the edging, another Shetland lace pattern that includes the body motif. The edging is worked sideways and is attached to the body of the shawl at the end of every other row.

Please note: this is true lace knitting, with things happening on both the right and wrong sides of the work. However, it is worked on a garter stitch background, resulting in a fabric that looks good on both sides.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Wingspan: 51 (58) inches
Depth: 16.5 (20) inches