Scéal Grá by Ailbíona McLochlainn

Scéal Grá

May 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
984 - 1750 yards (900 - 1600 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X), see notes
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Scéal Grá
{a love story}

We say that knitting is a labour of love. And at no time do I feel this more keenly than when working lace into a garment. The care, the trust, the commitment, the passion — they all must be present, and sustained, for the needles to work their magic and yield a wearable piece of my heart.

An ode to this process, Scéal Grá (pronounced scale grah) is Irish for ‘love story.’

Worked seamlessly from the top down, this lightweight, easy-to-wear top is constructed with fitted 3/4 sleeves, relaxed bodice, and flounced hemline. The circular yoke features a delicate lace motif of drooping blossoms, elements of which are also echoed in the sleeves. All edgings are finished with i-cord, for an airy, elegant aesthetic.

Scéal Grá is suitable for adventurous advanced beginners, with some experience in lace knitting.
 Designed for Townhouse Yarns new Olla base (to be unveiled at Woollinn, Dublin!), this pattern is suitable for a variety of fingering-weight yarns, in solid, semi-solid, or lightly variegated colourways.

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Townhouse Yarns Olla, 400m (440y) / 100g (3.5oz)
shown in the Embrace colourway
225g (250g, 275g, 300g, 350g, 400g)

Circular lace-tipped needle, 3mm (US 2.5) in diameter 

(or as needed to meet gauge - typically from 2.75mm to 3.25mm)

tapestry needle; stitch markers; scrap yarn

10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) = 27 sts x 35 rounds, in stockinette

Finished garment measures as follows at chest circumference:
83cm (91cm, 95cm, 100cm, 112cm, 117cm)
33.25” (36.5”, 38”, 40”, 44.75”, 47”)
Select size with desired amount of ease and refer to schematic for details (pattern includes schematic).

Scéal Grá is designed to be fairly fitted at yoke and sleeves, and relaxed throughout bodice. Models are shown wearing garment with 2” and 3” of positive ease at bust.

Special Techniques
short rows, lace, provisional cast-on, i-cord
Pattern includes lace chart, as well as line-by-line written instructions for working lace.

Pattern Support

A guide to various modifications (Straight Bodice, Short Sleeves, Tunic) can be found here.