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Square Shawl (February)

Knitting
January 1981
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
1200 yards (1097 m)
43" x 43"

Summary  A square shawl knit circularly that allows the knitter to insert whatever pattern suits the occasion.



Additional Information

GAUGE: 4 sts to 1", measured over stocking-stitch.

MATERIALS: 10 oz Shetland wool, or similar yarn which gives the above GAUGE when knitted loosely.  1 16", 1 24" circular needles, 1 set of 5 dp needles of a size to give you above GAUGE. (sizes 5-8). 1 crochet-hook



This month’s chapter, Some Babies' Things, covers Double Knitting (Double -Knitting Blanket or Pad and Double-Knitting Pot-Handler), a Baby Sweater on Two Needles and Baby Leggings.



Elizabeth Zimmermann's elaboration on the Square Shawl:

Although babies rarely, if ever, express their pleasure at being dressed in wool, it is surely manifest when you dote on a small plump person soundly and contentedly asleep, swaddled in woollen sweater, woollen leggings, and a soft wool bonnet, snugly tucked under a fine warm wool blanket.
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Now try a shawl.  This has a beginning, but no end, as it may be stopped whenever you please, depending on time, patience, and wool-supply.


From the back of the book.



"The year begins with an Aran sweater and proceeds to February baby things, a March Shetland, April blanket, May mittens and so on through the months, completing the zodiac with November moccasin socks and a December last-minute wishbone sweater."