Two dozen and counting....
Two dozen. Twenty-four. That's how many patterns I now have in my catalogue. 800 miles from Lerwick was released this weekend. This beautiful laceweight stole is a modern take on Shetland traditional lace. It combines elements of the practical hap shawl with the intricate wedding ring shawl to make an up-to-date very wearable stole. The centre lace panel (true lace, with patterning on both right-side and wrong-side rows) is started from a provisional cast-on. Once it is completed, stitches are picked up from the sides and from the provisional cast-on and the classic Old Shale border is worked in the round. Once that is completed, stitches are cast on to form the knitted-on lace edging which is attached to the live stitches around the entire work. The whole shawl is made from one continuous length of yarn (around 1500 yards) with the only "seam" being the graft of 9 stitches at the end of the lace edging on to its beginning stitches. Yes, it is possible to make a 70" by 26" stole with no monster-of-a-cast-off-row!
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