Teresa Rose by Dee O'Keefe

Teresa Rose

April 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 1 row = 1 inch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
375 - 950 yards (343 - 869 m)
Pattern size at 64" x 30", with kerchief, shawlette and large also
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Teresa Rose is a richly textured, top-down triangular lace shawl with a modern, geometric pattern of twisted stitches that pop out in relief on a reverse stockinette background. Although the body pattern appears complex, it is very intuitive to knit and easy to memorize. A pretty lace edge adorns the top of the wingspan. A dramatic scalloped border with garter ridges atop centered double decreases complements the shawl body by adding textural interest.

While dimensions and yardage are provided for fingering weight, Teresa Rose could also be worked in heavier weight yarn for an even more textured look. The size is very easy to customize either by changing the number of Chart 2 repeats worked, by using a different yarn weight, or both. Teresa Rose is a great shawl to showcase your favorite subtly-variegated hand-dyed or tonal yarns, but it will also look fantastic knitted in solid colors.

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

Construction Notes: Teresa Rose starts with a provisional cast on at the center back of the neck. The lace edge, which adds a decorative touch at the top of the wingspan, is worked simultaneously with the body. A 2-stitch center spine separates each half. The entire shawl is worked in one piece down to the scalloped border, and then the lace edge is grafted together at the top of the neck. Patterning is worked on both right and wrong sides for the majority of the shawl.

Size and Yardage:

Pattern Size - Worked at the pattern size pictured here in aqua at 7 repeats of Chart 2, my sample used about 675 yards of the Dragon Sock yarn (Mermaid colorway)on US 4 needles and measures 64” x 30” relaxed after blocking.

  • For the orange kerchief size (pictured, the sample is knitted up in the Rustic Fingering, Gwynn Oak colorway) 4 repeats of Chart 2 will measure about 48” x 22” and use about 375 yards, so you could even knit this size with only one skein of sock yarn.
  • For a smaller shawlette, 5 repeats of Chart 2 will measure about 54” x 26” and use about 450 yards.
  • For a larger shawl, 9 repeats of Chart 2 will measure about 76” x 36” and use about 900-975 yards.
  • A shawl test knitted using a US #5/3.75 mm needle (one size larger than I used on the sample pictured) at the pattern size measured 70” x 32” and used 750 yards. Please note that all yardage and size estimates are approximate and will vary based on needle size, yarn weight, individual tension and how aggressively the shawl is blocked.