Suisse Shawl by Brenda Lavell
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Suisse Shawl

November 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in body cluster stitch pattern, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
430 yards (393 m)
one size fits most
This pattern is available for $7.00 USD buy it now

Suisse pays homage to my love of dots and my mom’s favorite fabric when I was very young: swiss dot or dotted swiss.

My heart is full of fond memories of sitting in the middle of my parent’s bed while Mom showed me her favorite dresses from the 50’s, lovingly preserved in her cedar trunk. One dress in particular seemed so princess-like and elegant to the three or four old me: a fine white sheer cotton with tiny white dots across the very full, gathered skirt.

Suisse is my more rustic and modern take on dotted swiss, knit from the top down, with a body of wrapped stitches creating a field of dots. Followed by a panel of lattice like eyelets separated with more wrapped / dot stitches. And finished with a ribbed edging with alternating wrapped dots.

You can block the edge with scallops or with a knife-straight edge - totally up to you.

Shown here in Phydeaux Down DK (80/10/10 sw MCN). Be sure to use a yarn allowing stretch to ensure beautiful drape.

Intermediate level pattern
460 yds / 420 m DK weight yarn
Size 7 US (4.5 mm, 7 UK/Canada) circular knitting needles
One size larger needle (optional, for bind off)
Two stitch markers (optional)
Tapestry needle or crochet hook (to weave in ends)

Pattern is four pages, written instructions only (no charts).

Revisions and/or updates will be published on Phydeaux Designs’ errata page:

Please note that this pattern is for personal, non-commercial use only.

Thank you!!!