Easy Half-Square Shawl (L) by Donna Druchunas & Ava Coleman
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Easy Half-Square Shawl (L)

September 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
600 yards (549 m)
Width: 36" / 91 cm, Length: 56)" / 142 cm

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This pattern was originally published in My Knitting Book by Miss Lambert in 1843. I’ve updated the instructions for modern knitters. Would you have interpreted all of the instructions the same way I did? Mine came out to be a half rectangle, not a half-square. The size small is closer to a square than the size large is. The larger you make this shawl, the more elongated the shape becomes.