Pattern Description from A Gathering of Lace: “This design spirals at twice the rate of the preceding shawl and is more like a Nautilus shell. Again, you will quickly memorize the simple increase technique and may decide to add different lace patterns in between the swirls. Two versions are shown: the slate blue sample is decorated only by the increase lines and the narrow edging; the burgundy shawl has a simple (yo, k2tog) design in every other segment.”
Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Measurements: 66-68” in diameter
Yarn: Schoolhouse Press Laceweight Icelandic (1¾oz/50g; 250yds/228m; wool) 5 balls Cranberry #9154 or Slate #0008
Needles: Size 10 (6mm) needles in double-pointed (dpn) and circular, 16”and 24” (40 and 60 cm) long, or size to obtain gauge
- 7 yarn loop markers, 6 of one color and one of a contrating color to mark the beginning of the rnd
- Tapestry needle
- Rust-proof T-pins
Blocked Gauge: 14 sts to 4”/10cm in St st using size 10 (6mm) needles
- The shawl is knit circularly from the center out. Begin with dpn and change to the 16” circular needle when possible; end with the 24” needle.
- The basic spiral design is one I have seen in a number of old lace doilies. It causes you (in each section) to inc 3 sts on every other rnd and dec 1 st every rnd. Thus you gain 8 sts overall every 2nd rnd.
- The optional mesh pat, worked every other segment in the burgundy shawl, is indicated in color on the body chart.
- See Techniques, p. 162, for circular beginnings, double yo, and EZ’s Sewn Cast-Off.