Toasty Almond Shawl by Xandy Peters
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Toasty Almond Shawl

Knitting
June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
550 - 600 yards (503 - 549 m)
88" (224 cm) long and 20" (51 cm) deep (adjustable) almond shape
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This basic recipe for an almond shaped wrap is worked from the center out in a self-striping yarn. The shape falls somewhere between an oval and a crescent and it can be worn as a scarf or shawl depending on the finished size. I’m in love with the versatility and adjustability of this pattern especially for use with handspun yarn.

The sample uses one oversized cake of Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton. This unusual yarn is milled from natural colored wool and dyed-in-the-wool colors and is 100% grown and spun in the USA. I picked up my cake at Jill’s open studio at Rhinebeck in 2016. The yarn is a bit loftier than a traditional fingering weight yarn, so you may want to adjust your gauge accordingly when substituting yarns. The advantage of using Rifton is the size of the skein. Each cake contains 600 yards of yarn - enough to make a full sized project.

Cast on begins in center and shawl is worked from the center out. Cast on using method demonstrated at this link and is similar to the long tail cast on.

Essential Info

Finished Size: 88” (224 cm) long and 20” (51 cm) deep.
Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton, 600 yards (549m) per 184g; 100% wool. Shown in color Autumn.
Needles: Size 8 (5mm) 60” (150 cm) circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 12 sts and 32 rows for a 4 x 4” (10 x 10cm) square in stockinette stitch.
Other Materials: Sewing needle, 10 stitch markers - 2 in a contrasting color used as End Markers.