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Snowdrop Shawl

Knitting
December 2008
Lace / 2 ply ?
20 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in stockinette, unblocked
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1300 yards (1189 m)

Pattern was included in Year of Lace - December 2008.

Available in kit from designer.

Many lace patterns are inspired by nature and this one is no exception. The panels of small sprigs fan out from an imagined stem and each are topped by a bud, soon to become a flower.

The inspiration for this design came from a shawl I purchased in Estonia. The original had sprigs of openwork fern-like leaves, separated as these are, by bands of reverse stockinette stitch. I chose to shorten the ‘sprigs’ and add a ‘nupp’ (bud or button in Estonia) at the tip of each one, to give interest to the pattern. The original shawl also had a scalloped edging surrounding the center, that was attached in the traditional Estonian way, by sewing. I chose to place a decorative scalloped edge at the top and bottom of the shawl, leaving the sides with a garter stitch edge. The shawl is worked up from the bottom, cast on edge and top edge is attached by Kitchener stitch.