Afternoon Tea by Helen Stewart

Afternoon Tea

Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
437 - 656 yards (400 - 600 m)
Small (Medium)
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Afternoon Tea has been updated: The paid for version includes a new medium size, and both original small and new medium sizes are written in my percentage checklist style that is so popular with Curious Handmade knitters!

The original pattern is available for free on Knitty.

The Afternoon tea shawlette was designed with a 1950s style frock and a perfectly frosted cupcake in mind. This frothy, lacy little number is just perfect for wrapping around the shoulders. Although more for adornment than warmth, it could also be worn around the neck with a cardigan or coat to keep out a breeze.

And the best news is that the small size can be knitted up from a single skein of sock weight yarn - perfect for those beautiful, lonely, solo skeins in your stash.

Afternoon tea’s crescent shape creates a pretty drape around the shoulders and looks lovely in both the solid or variegated yarns suggested. The shape is a nod to Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi shawl with the number of stitches roughly doubling at every increase row.

This could make an ideal project for those dipping their toe into lace knitting as the lace patterns in the shawl are quite straightforward.

So get out your vintage china, whip up some cakes and invite your friends around for a nice cup of tea.

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