Manischewitz by Thea Colman


March 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Each 13 st lace repeat = 3"/7.75cm across. Gauge above is in garter stitch.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1000 - 1250 yards (914 - 1143 m)
Smaller size: 46"(116.75)cm across bottom, 55"(139.75)cm to tip. Larger size 61"(155cm) across bottom, 43"(109.25)cm to tip.
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Manischewitz is the combination of two running text threads that I have had going with Dami of Magpie Fibers over this long, crazy winter.

It began when I informed her that I needed her to create a Hanukkah-specific colorway this holiday season. She created a gorgeous skein full of subtle blues and gray and golds, we named it “Non Denominational Wrapping Paper”, and I was then challenged to design and knit a shawl in 8 nights with it. And I did!! phew

Once finished, we decided it would be the Manischewitz Shawl.

But that wasn’t the end of it, because I really wanted to make a second one - because we have this whole Beaver Thing full of terrible puns - because we are actually twelve. You may have noticed she has a whole range of colorways with Beaver names. Know that those have brought a few of us much joy.

While pondering what to use for version #2 of Manischewitz, and of course suggesting all the Beavers, Dami asks me if I’d be part of a planned Beave-A-Long event - and really guys - who doesn’t need a little stupid fun right now? Beaver puns, beaver prizes, and a KAL, so yes I am in.

JUST IN TIME for PASSOVER, version #2 is obviously the Pareve Beaver version of the Manischewitz shawl, right?

The discount code Pareve Beaver will get you 20% off the pattern until midnight on 3/21/21.

If you want in on the Beav-A-Long, here are ALL THE DETAILS.

But maybe you just want to know about the shawl:

Manischewitz features a lot of garter stitch, a bit of lace, a touch of texture, the chance to combine beautiful colors, and tassels.

Small details like stockinette columns above the lace points, a bit of texture within the lace itself, and the amazing way garter stitch curves above a lace motif - elevate the basic design, but it’s still easy and rhythmic and a great break from heavily cabled sweaters.

The large size is giant and squishy, but not so much that it can’t be wrapped around your neck as a gorgeous statement piece. The smaller one is just perfect worn over a sweater or under a jacket, but it’s also big enough for a shoulder wrap. And the tassels just make me happy and feel so festive.

As shown, yardage and yarn info is below:

1000(1250)yds/915(1150)m total needed.

250yds/230m Color A (tassels, edging, thin lace)
Shown in Midnight Train to Georgia (navy), Evil Beaver (brown)

500yds/460m Color B (tip, center of double lace)
Shown in Non-Denominational Wrapping Paper (light gray/blue) Saturday Night Beaver (pink)

250(500)yds/230(460)m Color C (background)
Shown in Voices Carry (dark gray/blue), Adella is the Greatest (green)

You can have fun if you want to play around and modify a bit with the design, based on what yarn or colorways you have on hand. As always, I’ve included notesinthe PDF about changing proportions or using additional colors as needed.