Esse Shawl by Kavitha Raman

Esse Shawl

April 2022
Lace ?
40 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in 1 cable repeat of 10 sts and 20 rows = 1″/ 2.5 cm width, 2.5″/ 6.3 cm height.
US 4 - 3.5 mm
758 yards (693 m)
One Size (Adaptable, See notes below)
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Esse is a delicate triangular shawlette / kerchief with long tapering and skinny ends that can be worn in so many ways. It is worked in a beautiful all-over cables and lace pattern. I have had such a shawl project in my mind for ages now that it feels wonderful to be able to turn it into reality.
The word esse means just that : that something exists and has a physical form or is not imaginary or fictional. I decided to call this design Esse to acknowledge and admire the fact that something merely in our imagination can be given form and existence through this fabulous craft of knitting.

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Esse is worked sideways from tip to tip. It starts with very few cast-on stitches at one tip and is slowly increased until full width at the mid point and then decreased all the way to the other tip.
Adaptable. Esse is designed to use one lace weight skein. But, any yarn weight can be used and the size can be easily adjusted by knitting more or less pattern repeats. Instructions are included in pattern for such adjustments.

Length along the Top Edge: 75.75”/ 192 cm
Depth: 9.25” / 23.5 cm

758 yards / 693 m of lace weight yarn.
Esse is suitable for knitting in any yarn weight. Check SIZING. Also please check testers’ projects for more ideas.

SilkIndian Maharaja Silk Lace, 100% Silk
766 yards / 700 m per 100g / 3.5oz.

3.5 mm / US 4 needles straight or circular.

40 sts and 32 rows = 4″/ 10 cm, in pattern st, washed and blocked.
1 cable repeat of 10 sts and 20 rows = 1″/ 2.5 cm width, 2.5″/ 6.3 cm height.
Gauge is not particularly important in this project. However please know that your finished measurements and yardage requirements would vary accordingly.

Cable needle, tapestry needle.

Cables - 2X2 LC and 2X2 RC, m1R, ssk, k2tog, ktbl, ptbl.