Tessarose by Melissa Lemmons


March 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 4 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
Semi-circle with 22"/59cm radius
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I have always been interested in a wide variety of needlearts. When I was in middle school, I picked up the Reader’s Digest Guide to Needlework at a garage sale for $3. That is the best $3 I ever spent. Over the next few years I tried almost every technique in the book, and what I didn’t try, I read about over and over. While my craft basket is full of random swatches of all the different emboidery techniques, knitting has become my one true love. I still love traditional embroidery but don’t use the table linens that are the standard application of these techniques. So, now I’m exploring the possibilities of incorporating Huck Embroidery and Drawn Thread Embroidery into knitting. This shawl is my first design combining these techniques.

• 1200 yds/1097m fingering weight wool/silk blend yarn. Sample shown in The Unique Sheep Luxe, 75% merino, 25% tussah silk 100g, 400 yds
• 65 yds/60m total or 20, 5, 5, 22, and 15 yds/19, 5, 5, 21, 14m of 5 coordinating colors, respectively
• US sz 2/2.75mm, or size needed to obtain gauge, 60” circular needle
• US sz 2/2.75mm, or size needed to obtain gauge, double-pointed needles
• yarn needle for weaving in ends and working embroidery
• locking stitch marker
• thread that matches main color yarn
• sewing needle

• This shawl is worked in bands alternating direction from bottom up and side to side. The side-to-side panels are worked similar to a knitted on edging. I found that it was less fiddly to work these panels if I used a dpn for the new sts and the circular to hold all the previous sts. But this is optional and you can use both ends of the circular needle to work these panels.
• There are no decreases used to create the shape of the shawl. All of the shaping is created by the difference in row and stitch gauges. On the even-numbered, right to left, panels, one stitch of the previous panel is worked off per row.
• All embroidery is worked after the shawl is completed and blocked.
• Complete instructions for the embroidery are included.
• The embroidery uses small amounts of 5 colors of yarn. Pick 4 shades of one color and one contrasting color.
1 - contrast (20 yds/19m), 2 - light (5 yds/5m), 3 - med light (5 yds/5m), 4 - med dark (22 yds/21m), 5 - dark (15 yds/14m). You can also do all of the embroidery in a single color, which will require 65 yds/60m.
• If using a Gradience set, you need 400, 340, 320, 140 yds/366, 311, 293, 128m of the 4 colors. Work the Scallop Panel in Color 1, Panel 2 in Color 2, Panel 3 in Color 3, and Panels 4-8 in Color 4. Just start the new yarn color at the beginning of the new panel.