Vesa by Laura Nelkin
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February 2015
Lace ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
656 - 1312 yards (600 - 1200 m)
52 (70)” [132 (177.75) cm] wide at top, 19 (30)” [48.25 (76.25) cm] at center back.
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The Vesa shawl is knit with an unexpected construction. First the top border is worked as a long strip. Stitches are then picked up along one long edge and split into three sections: the right side, center spine, and left side. The center spine is then worked out. Once complete, stitches are picked up along one edge of the spine and the right side stitches are placed back on the needle. A stockinette stitch and lace section is worked back and forth out to the center panel edge. Once complete, the same technique is worked on the left side. Finally, all live stitches are placed back onto the needle and the bottom edging is worked to finish the shawl.

YARN: The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace (65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 656 yards/ 100gm skein): pewter (smaller), 1 skein, blue tourmaline (larger), 2 skeins.
GAUGE: 24 sts + 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st, after blocking.
NEEDLES: 2 - US 5 (3.75 mm) straights or dpns, 1 - US 5 (3.75 mm) 40” (100 cm) circular.
NOTIONS: tapestry needle, scrap yarns A, B, and C, 1 crochet hook (3.75 mm).
SIZE: 52 (70)” 132 (177.75) cm wide at top, 19 (30)” 48.25 (76.25) cm at center back.
SKILLS: Simple single and double sided lace, chart reading, picking up stitches.