Spirit of Friendship
This shawl is available either as an individual pattern or as part of the Spirit Collection.
This shawl has been affectionately nicknamed a ‘Boo Hug’. Knit in fingering weight or lace weight yarn it can be worn either as a scarf or shawl, in worsted weight yarn it wraps around you and hugs you warmly. This Spirit of Friendship shawl unites us, as knitters, as women (or men) and as friends; with its lace back panel and plain sides, it is simple enough for a lace beginner to knit, not boring for knitters with more experience, easy to make as large as your yarn will allow and would make a wonderful gift.
Needle sizes vary according to your chosen yarn. You can choose between the garter stitch border or the lace border which be beaded (bead numbers will vary according to how large you make your shawl but the size shown took 300 beads). As for gauge, it is more important to be happy with your fabric and drape than to achieve a predetermined gauge.
Yarn used and dimensions on Test Knit Shawls -
DyeforYarn Fingering Tussah Silk (one skein) 80” (204cm) wide and 32” (81cm) deep - nine repeats, lace edge
Lichtfaden Silk Merino fingering (2 skeins) - 88” (244cm) wide and 34” (86cm) - twelve repeats, garter edge
Tailored Strands 100% Alpaca 4ply(150g/600m) – 78” (200cm) wide, 27” (69 cm) deep, - nine repeats, lace edge
Rowan Alpaca Cotton (5 balls) - 98” (250cm) wide, 30” (76cm) deep - nine repeats, garter edge (very close on yarn)
It should be stressed that any yarn can be used for this shawl though yardage requirements will change and you will need to choose your needles accordingly.
This pattern contains both charts and full written instructions. There is a thread in the Boo Group for questions, queries, chat and progress photographs on your shawl.