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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pattern: Comfort Shawl

This beautiful shawl is made from one large skein of wool and one large skein of mohair. The shawl is soft and cuddly and would be a wonderful gift for any woman who has suffered from a recent crisis or loss. The lace pattern is easy to memorize and works up quickly on size 11 needles.



One size

Approx 25 x 67 inches



Yarn A: 370 yards of chunky weight wool yarn

Yarn B: 218 yards of bulky brushed mohair yarn

I used one skein each of Plymouth Outback Mohair (70% Mohair, 26% Wool, 4% Nylon, 218 yds/100g skein) and Outback Wool (100% Virgin Wool, 370 yds/200g skein)

Knitting needles:

Size 11 (8mm) needles or size to obtain gauge

Spare needle or scrap yarn to use as a stitch holder

Extra size 11 (8mm) needle for joining pieces together

Tapestry needle



One 15 stitch pattern repeat = approx 5 1/2" wide before blocking

Don't worry about the gauge too much. If your stitches are light and airy, your shawl will be wonderful when you block it.


Special Stitch

Double Decrease (ddec)

1. Slip 2 stitches together as if to knit.

2. Knit the next stitch.

3. Pass the 2 slipped stitches over the stitch just knitted and drop them off the needle as when binding off.

Three stitches have been decreased to one stitch.



The shawl is made in two separate pieces, so both ends have a cast-on edge. After the knitting is complete, the two pieces are bound off together.


Side 1

With A, cast on 70 sts as follows:

CO 5, pm, (CO 15, pm) 4 times, CO 5.


Begin pattern stitch

With A:

Rows 1 to 4: Knit.

Row 5 (RS): K5, sm, (k1, yo, k5, ddec, k5, yo k1, sm) 4 times, k5.

Row 6 (WS): K5, sm, purl to last marker, sm, k5.

Rows 7 to 14: Repeat rows 5 and 6.

With B:

Rows 15 to 18: Knit.

Rows 19 to 26: Repeat rows 5 and 6.

Repeat rows 1 to 26 of pattern 4 times total. Then knit 4 rows with wool yarn. The last row should be a WS row. Do not bind off.

Put stitches on a spare needle or a piece of yarn. Set aside.


Side 2

Work as for side one.

Continue to knit in garter stitch (knit every row) with wool yarn until approx 6 yards of yarn remains. End with a WS row. Do not bind off.



With right sides together, join ends with three needle bind off, making sure to work loosely (use a larger needle if necessary).

Weave in ends.

Wet shawl in washing machine and spin out excess water. Place on a flat surface and shape into a rectangle, pulling down on each point on the ends. Pin in place and allow to air dry.

Posted by Donna at 11:42 AM
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