Waiting For Rain by Sylvia McFadden

Waiting For Rain

January 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Worked flat in garter
US 6 - 4.0 mm
780 - 800 yards (713 - 732 m)
One size - 80” (2m) along the wingspan of the shawl, 20” (50cm) deep at the deepest point.
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The newest Softsweater Knits short row lace shawl Water has been released!

Waiting for Rain is a lovely, beautiful garter and lace crescent shawl that uses an unusual short row lace technique.

It fits perfectly over your shoulders and drapes in a way which is very pleasing to the eye. It’s worked top down with lacey increases.

Hacking your Waiting for Rain shawl PDF now included in purchase! This includes instructions for how to do stripes, how to move or add lace panels, make lace panels larger, and how to do the fancy knit-on cast-off shown in the two colour version. It also includes a tight-edge fix. I hope you enjoy!

Stitch counts included!

I believe that I may have developed a new technique! Charted lace short rows! This is different than any other charted0-style short rows I’ve seen because it can easily incorporate large lace motifs! I’m calling it softsweaters charted short row technique! (Because I’m pretty damn excited that I created a technique!)

The way the garter opens up to reveal lovely architectural lace is like lace-y rips through the garter. I’m pleased as peach with the way this project turned out. I hope you enjoy working it!

The pattern comes with both written and charted instructions! So for folks who aren’t comfortable with charts, you can just ignore them :)

Needles: 4mm (US 6) circular needles.

Notions: Things to block your shawl with. And 25 stitch markers if you’d like to help keep track of the short rows.

Yarn: 2 skeins of Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering in “Flannel” or 780 yards (714 meters) of fingering weight yarn (grey). 2 skeins of Sweet Fiber Cashmerino 20 in colourway “Vintage Lace” (cream)

Gauge: 24 stitches and 24 rows = 4” (10cm) square knit flat in garter stitch and blocked.

Size of Shawl: 80” (2m) along the wingspan of the shawl, 20” (50cm) deep at the deepest point.

Glossary of stitches used:
K - Knit (K2 = Knit two stitches).
P - Purl (P2 = Purl two stitches).
YO - Yarn Over.
KFB - Knit into the Front and the Back of the stitch.
K2tog - Knit two stitches together.
RS - Right Side.
WS - Wrong Side.
KYOK - Knit-Yarn Over-Knit into the same stitch.
S1K2P - Slip one stitch, Knit two stitches
together, Pass slipped stitch over the stitches you just knit together.

I want to thank my lovely testers! As well as my lovely tech editor and model Nicola Hodges (Tiny Island Textiles)!!!

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The amazing andreacraig has made a headband out of the techniques found in this pattern! You can head over to her project page here to follow her instructions!