Exhale by Francoise Danoy


May 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in lace stitch pattern after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
600 - 870 yards (549 - 796 m)
Wingspan: 56 in./142 cm; BO edge: 41 in./104 cm
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Errata: an error in the the garter stitch border section. Just work rows 1 and 2. Ignore the rest.

We all know the satisfaction of a deep cleansing breath. They don’t call it a “sigh of relief” for nothing. When we feel stressed, we tend to take shallow breaths; we sometimes even hold our breath without realizing it. But when we are mindful of our breathing—when we focus on slowly inhaling and exhaling—we become aware of our bodies and let go of all the tension we’ve been holding onto.

Exhale is a long triangular shawl with an allover pattern of lace ringlets to remind you to be conscious of your breathing. The deep border is knit in garter stitch to allow for some soulful contemplation. Finally, meditate on a positive thought as you work each picot of the bind-off.

This pattern is very easy to adjust and modify for your tastes. Want more garter stitch? Knit more garter stitch. Want less? Knit less. You can knit the main motif of the pattern for as long as you want… you can even use a different yarn weight if you wanted (just be sure to swatch first!).

• 600 - 870 yd./548 - 795 m
• Fingering/4-ply
• Round Table Yarns Camelot (80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 100 g; 435 yd./398 m).
• 2 skeins in Yvain.
• If you are a loose knitter or don’t often swatch for gauge, it is recommended to get a third skein of yarn or plan on
binding off early.
• A merino, cashmere, and nylon blend is a good overall yarn. It’s a strong, soft, and springy yarn that has good memory and doesn’t pill or fuzz.

• US 5 (3.75 mm) 36 in./90 cm circular needle
• A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches as the shawl grows.

• 20 sts and 32 rows = 4 in./10 cm in lace stitch pattern with US 5 (3.75 mm) after blocking.
• Gauge is not crucial to this project, but varying gauges will affect yardage and final measurements.

• Stitch markers
• Darning/tapestry needle
• One size but can be easily adjusted to make smaller or larger - through the body or border.
• Wingspan: 56 in./142 cm; BO edge: 41 in./104 cm

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit to ensure that the pattern is as clear, correct and consistent as it can be. However small details can still slip us by so if you have a pattern support question, send an email to fdanoy@arohaknits.com and we’ll get back to you within 24-48 hours.