Wholehearted by Erika Flory


March 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
425 yards (389 m)
One size
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This was my first design attempt following open heart surgery in 2012. It was my promise to myself that, after all I’d been through physically and mentally, I would recover and be whole again.

Wholehearted is a top-down heart shaped shawl worked in sections of garter stitch and broken rib stitch accented with a picot bind off.

The finished size and fabric depends on how aggressively you block: light steam blocking will give you a shawl with an approximate wingspan of 43” and an approximate back length of 15”. Aggressive wet blocking will give you a shawl with an approximate wingspan of 57” and an approximate back length of 17”. Likewise, you can choose to block the edges straight or to curve them to retain the heart shape.

You will need approximately 160 yards of Color A (shown here as Palomino) and approximately 265 yards of Color B (shown here as Magnolia Leaf).

The pattern is written.

In mid-February, I had open-heart surgery, and this design is testament to myself that my knitting mojo is back.

March 4, 2013: correction to Edging instructions:In the Edging section, Row 5 should read: “k2, YO, k to marker, YO, sm, k1 (cs), YO, k to last 2 sts, YO, k2”
March 27, 2013: correction to Set-up Row 1: Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, kfb, yo, pm, k1 (cs), pm,yo, kfb,
yo, k2: 13 sts.

April 9, 2012: My daughter suffered a serious house fire today. She’s ok, but things are in shambles. From now through the end of May, the proceeds from this pattern will go towards helping her re-build and be whole again.
On June 1, I was able to give Allie a check for $570.00, thanks to the amazing generosity of the Ravelry community. She and I are both overwhelmed, and thank you all.