Earl Grey Martini by Thea Colman

Earl Grey Martini

December 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch on smaller needles
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
870 yards (796 m)
73"/185.5cm from end to end, 20"/51cm deep at center point.
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When in Shetland last summer, I fell in love with the intricate traditional lace shawls the islands are known for, especially the ones knit in deep sophisticated grays. With Earl Grey, I wanted to create a shawl reminiscent of these gorgeous pieces, which would fit in with both my wardrobe and my skill set a little better….

Earl Grey features bold, geometric lace at bottom and lots of garter stitch on top - all knit in a subtly heathered Shetland/Romney wool. It combines delicacy, simplicity, and a rustic feel perfectly for me. It’s lovely and feminine, but also wearable and approachable. The lace and the short rows are satisfying to knit, but not difficult, and the combination is incredibly wearable.

Earl Grey is knit from the bottom up, with lace worked on RS Rows only. The tips of the panel are increased at each end until complete. The garter stitch section is shaped with short rows, and one single rib travels up the center to accent the V shape, which is beautifully visible in the garter stitch texture.

Kettle Yarn’s Ramble comes in both neutral and vibrant shades - for either a traditional or a more modern take on this one. I also think Earl Grey can work in a 2-color version if you want to make the lace in one shade, and the garter body in another.

Notes are included in the pattern for adjusting either length or width.

Substitute yarn gauge may vary, so specifics on adding additional short rows to the body depth are also explained.