by Ailbíona McLochlainn
March 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
17 stitches = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
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{nell-tah} Irish: clouds

Inspired by the movement of clouds over a wind-swept landscape, Néalta is an elongated crescent shawlette.

Worked in garter stitch with staggered lace clusters and a fluttery ruffled edge, it can be worn traditionally or styled
 as a scarf.


suitable for fingering weight yarns,
400m / 100g (425y / 3.5oz); 1 skein
(more if adding optional repeats for larger version)

17 stitches x 32 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”)
in pattern (garter & lace), blocked

Blocked dimensions :
150cm x 35 cm/ 60” x 14”
(single-skein shawlette)

circular needle, 4mm (US size 6) in diameter
(or as needed to meet gauge)
100cm (40”) in length or longer

stitch markers, tapestry needle

Special skills: lace


Notes on yarn selection…

This pattern was originally written for an Irish farm-to-skein single ply yarn, which is no longer produced. In re-releasing the pattern I wanted to try it in a mainstream, readily available yarn so that it would be accessible to more people. The sample you see in these photos was knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply, which is a mass produced superwash sock yarn. To give you an idea of what this shawl will look like in a hand-painted rustic yarn, you can see the original sample here. In my view, both rustic and superwash yarns suit this pattern equally well, albeit the aesthetic (and the squishability) differs.

As far as colour…. I tried to find one that complements the ‘clouds’ theme. There are lots of indie dyers that offer such colourways. A commercial marled/tweedy yarn could work as well. The only thing I would be cautious of, is yarn that is so heavily variegated that the lace motif is not visible. Striped yarn is likewise inadvisable. If in doubt, choosing a tonal, solid, or even undyed yarn is the safest bet.