Tendrilly by Dee O'Keefe


September 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
520 - 800 yards (475 - 732 m)
Medium 60 x 26" (152 x 66 cm) and Large 73 x 31" (185 x 79 cm), size may be easily customized further
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Tendrilly is a contemporary lace shawl featuring a deeply textured cable and lace panel filled with graceful, organic tendrils resting on a field of reverse stockinette. The asymmetrical shaping begins with just a few stitches which then flow into a wide panel of swirling lines framing delicate cables. The remainder of the body is filled with sleek stockinette stitch, which provides a lovely contrast to the texture of the panel. The bottom of the panel flows into a delicate ribbing, which finishes off the entire bottom edge.

The first time I saw lace patterns that threw cables and reverse stockinette into the already fabulous mix of yarn overs and decreases, I was smitten. They seemed to combine everything wonderful that I loved most about knitting, resulting in dramatic texture that looked extra fancy and complex. The good news is that the lace pattern used for Tendrilly looks a lot harder to knit than it actually is! It’s composed of very basic stitches—knits, purls, simple 4-stitch cables, single decreases and yarn overs. And as soon as you might like a respite from the complex lace, you’ll switch over to relaxing stockinette.

The Tendrilly pattern includes both charts and full written out instructions for those of you who prefer not to use charts.

While dimensions and yardage are provided for DK weight, Tendrilly could effectively be worked in worsted or sport weight as well. A solid or tonal yarn is highly recommended to showcase the intricacy of the panel design. The shawl is offered in two sizes—medium (pictured in light gray)and large (pictured in rust). The pattern includes both charts and written instructions. Also included are detailed blocking instructions.

SIZE AND YARDAGE: My medium size gray sample shawl pictured used about 520 yards (476 m) of Hazel Knits Lively DK yarn (Reflections colorway) and measures 60 x 26” (152 x 66 cm). The large size rust shawl used about 775 yards (709 m) of the same yarn (Henna colorway) and measures 73 x 31” (185 x 79 cm). Test shawls yardages ranged from 520-550 yards (476-503 m) for the medium size and 760-800 yards (695-732 m) for the large size.

NEEDLE SIZE INFO: I used US 7 (4.5mm) needles for the main part of the shawl, switched to US 6 (4.5mm) needles for the ribbed edging, and then went back to the larger needle for the bind off.