Lodestone by Ann Budd


May 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in garter
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 yards (549 m)
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This shawl combines a lot of elements that remind me of my dear mother Barbara Walker. Not the legendary Barbara G. Walker of stitch dictionary fame, but Barbara S. Walker of somewhat lesser ceramic fame. Also of an artistic nature, my Barbara Walker loved to wrap various types of string and twine around wooden paddles that she would slap against moist clay to create texture in pots of all shapes and sizes. The stitch patterns in this shawl remind me of some of those textures.

It’s only fitting that I choose two of those stitch patterns (Daisy Stitch and Indian Cross Stitch) from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, a book that my mother gifted me when I worked in a yarn store in the early 1980s. To top it all off, the blue of this yarn matches my mother’s beautiful blue eyes and I named the pattern for the former co-op gallery in Boulder, Colorado, of which my mother was a member and where she sold her pottery. Here’s to you, Mom!

This crescent-shaped shawl begins with a narrow garter-stitch tab from which stitches are picked up around three edges. To achieve the crescent shape, two stitches are increased inside each edge stitch every right-side row and one stitch is increased inside each edge stitch every wrong-side row. A modified picot bind-off produces tiny points along the lower edge. Both row-by-row and charted instructions are provided.

Finished Size
About 63” (160 cm) across straight upper edge and 18” (45.5 cm) long at deepest point, after blocking.

Fingering weight (#1 Fine).

Shown here: Emma’s Yarn Hella Hank (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 600 yards 548 meters/150 grams): Mom Jeans, 1 hank (see Notes).

Size U.S. 6 (4.0 mm): 24” circular.

Stitch markers; tapestry needle.

21 sts and 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter st, after blocking.
Exact gauge isn’t crucial, but will affect the size and drape of the scarf.

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