Summer Song Estonian Inspired Shawl
Summer Song KAL: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/tinyknitters/2588606/.
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As an avid knitter living in Florida, I am faced with two proverbial questions: What do I knit in the summer, and what knitting can I actually wear during summer? This shawlette is an answer to those questions. Summer Song is top down crescent shaped shawl in an open lace pattern. The undulating lace is enhanced by Estonian nupps in the edging, which echo the delicate waves.
Knit your shawl in cotton fingering weight yarn for the summer, or perhaps in a worsted weight wool or alpaca yarn for the cooler seasons. This pattern looks especially good in yarns with long color repeats. Measurements for the blue fingering version are 70” by 19” deep, both taken at the longest points. The red beaded worsted weight shawl measures 78” by 21,” but actually has fewer repeats of the lace pattern.
While Summer Song was designed for intermediate knitters, even beginners will be successful if they are looking to stretch their skills. The nupps may be omitted or replaced with beads or simply omitted. Due to the placement of the nupps, if you are substituting beads, I would suggest the larger 2/0 size beads, so that they will be more visible.
Yarn: Noro Taiyo Sock, 462 yards or any other fingering weight yarn. Or try heavier weight yarn such as Lion Brand Amazing, 3 skeins or 441 yards. This pattern was designed with long color changes in mind, but solids would also work for Summer Song.
Circular knitting needles: US size 6 (4.00 mm) for fingering yarn or size to achieve gauge.
Nupps: For those who like the crochet hook method, US E (3.50 mm) for fingering yarn.
Beads: If you prefer beads, you may substitute them in place of nupps. You will actually need 162 for the regular size, but always buy a bit more to be safe. Size shown in red shawl is 2/0 on worsted weight yarn.