Summer Shawlette by Sandi Wiseheart
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Summer Shawlette

May 2006
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
310 yards (283 m)
15.5" x 60", after blocking
This pattern is available for free.

The original version of this pattern is available in Interweave Knits Accessories 2009, which is still available for sale online in the Interweave Store.

There is also a new version of the Summer Shawlette available as part of my FREE e-book Summer Comfort Shawls e-book. Its sister shawl, the Comfort Shawl, is also included in this e-book.

This e-book contains extensively re-written, re-edited, re-everything, instructions as listed below:

New/Improved Stuff in the Summer Comfort Shawls e-book version:

  • The instructions for both shawls are written out in full;
  • There is an additional, newly done, chart for the entire lace panel on the back of the Summer Shawlette, rather than simply a single repeat;
  • All known errata to date are included;
  • The needle size has been adjusted from U.S. Size 10 to a much more sensible U.S. Sizes 5 and 6 (hooray!);
  • There is a step-by-step, easier-to-follow, photo tutorial for the garter tab start;
  • The instructions for managing stitch markers are clearer, and there are fewer of them (the markers, I mean);
  • The instructions for the shoulder shaping have been vastly simplified thanks to an easier way to mark each shoulder stitch;
  • Stitch counts have been charted out for all rows of each of the main panels, to make spotting mistakes a bit easier;
  • The infamous “Row 35” has been thoroughly re-written;
  • I added stitch counts for a sock yarn version for both shawls, in addition to the original DK versions.
  • I took new photos (some of which are not available yet, naturally);
  • Better/clearer photos are on the way. Promise.

The Summer Comfort e-book will be free until midnight on December 31, 2016.
(After that, I will probably ask you in a blog post what you think folks could pay for it, given that these shawls are frequently used as prayer shawls. I am trying to balance the immense amount of work I put into these patterns against the fact that life is spendy these days.)

From the original introduction in “Sweet Somethings” online collection (no longer available):

“Lace - Who can resist the satisfaction of watching a well-delineated pattern of tiny holes emerge after several rows of knitting? We can’t. So for this issue’s staff project, we gave ourselves the challenge of working up a project in a simple lace pattern. We chose little arrowhead lace, a simple six-stitch/four-row pattern from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Schoolhouse Press, 1998).”

This description is from Interweave Knits, Summer 2006, but the pattern itself does not appear in the magazine, only online, as part of a staff project called “Sweet Somethings”.