What a Lovely Mesh by Melissa Hansen
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What a Lovely Mesh

April 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in mesh
US 7 - 4.5 mm
830 - 900 yards (759 - 823 m)
one size
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“What a Lovely Mesh” is a pretty, light layer for spring and summer. It’s simply elegant in a tailored two-color scheme or exuberant in a number of colors.

An eyelet mesh shawl, it’s a rhythmic knit as neat and visually striking as suits your mood. What is a tiny bit magical is how lace rows march along in straight lines color after color despite two neat garter ridges that set the color sections off subtly.

The asymmetric triangular shape grows sideways from a few sts. Its top edge features carefully-thought-out increases on the RS. There’s a delicately stabilizing (but not binding) 2-st. edging for the second side, and the third side is cast off in a simple, fast 2-stitch garter trim that leaves a stretchy edge resembling the other.

There are tips for how to go your own way without a hitch and photo tutorials for reading the lace. For the written pattern, the widths of the two color bands are consistent, but varying the widths is pretty, too.

Like all big sideways shawls, there comes a time when you just wish it was all over already. But remember, this design calls for less yardage than most this size (900yds or less), so hang in there. It’s worth it.

Updated 4.12. (Please use very latest update only, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing a couple of times…)

Finished size: 80-84” wide x @40” deep at off center point.

Yardage: 820-900 yds/750-822m total. Two-color: MC 420 yds;CC 400yds. Multi color: MC 530 yds. CCs various totaling 370yds.

Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Snug Fingering or Sock/Fingering (Most light yarns can be used, just size up/down your needles and swatch till you like your mesh.

(I’ve fallen hard for hand-dyed yarns but, imo, tonal rather than highly varigated/speckled will show off your work best.)

Needles: US 7/4.5mm straight needles and a 24-32” circ. needle to accommodate the growing number of stitches.

Skill set: K2tog, Knitting to back of loop, YO, cable cast on (for 2 sts), simple 2-st. knitted cast off.

Happy Knitting!