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Stay Awhile

Knitting
September 2013
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in Stocking Stitch (Stockinette)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
755 - 1198 yards (690 - 1095 m)
Customisable. Approx 150-180cm/5-6ft long x 36-42cm/15-17" wide.
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Details of the 3-colour Summer sample are on my blog.

A completely reversible shawl with a curious construction. It’s easy to wear and easy to make. It’s perfect for when you’re going to Stay Awhile and need more than a little Knit Night project.

This beautiful design is ideal for showing off two hand-dyed yarns in gorgeous stripes. It looks equally wonderful made in just one favourite hand-dyed yarn. You can go to town on your yarn choice; the simply elegant pattern will show it off well.

It’s also a flexible pattern: any yarn can be used in any gauge, from a heavy laceweight through fingering, right up to worsted or aran. If you use a lightweight yarn, optional beads can be added to the picot edging, highlighting the different colours you’ve chosen.

Full details of the shawl sizes, yarns and gauges of the samples are on my blog & in a downloadable pdf included with the pattern. Details of the 3-colour Summer sample are newly added to my blog.

Size
Customisable - it’s a very slight parallelogram (squashed rectangle). Shawls shown vary, but are around 40 x 160cm/16” x 63”.
The width is roughly a quarter of the length, so for example you could make approx 50x200cm/20”x79” with extra yarn.

Materials
Any yarn of your choice. Shown here in light fingering (blues & rusts), 4ply/sport (dark red) and DK (bronze).
Also shown with 1 colour main & 2 colours for contrast (Summer sample)
Circular needles with approx 100cm/40” cable or longer, for working in long rows.
Stitch marker
For optional beads, with fingering/4ply yarns, you will also need 200 size 6 beads & 1mm crochet hook.

Gauge
Choose a relatively loose gauge to give you a fabric that feels soft and drapes nicely.

Never added beads before? This is an ideal project with which to learn. I’ve written a photo-tutorial. You’ll also find there a 1-sheet pdf version you can print off to put in your project bag too.

Thank you to Akshata for tech editing.
Thank you to Mel, Nat, Denise, Claudia, Catherine & Amanda for sample & test knitting.