Knitting Notions is a family owned and operated business. We opened in 2005 with our first product, our handmade Yarn Swifts, and have added to our product line as our business grew. We now produce a large line of handmade wood and leather products as well as hand dyed merino wool yarns. 99% of the products that we sell are made by us or another American small business.
The Catoctin Shawl is a top-down, crescent-shaped lace shawl with an intricate-looking, richly textured border featuring small and larger interlocking cables suspended between yarn over columns. The cute star stitches interspersed throughout the middle stockinette section on the shawl body add visual interest that is contrasted by an open lacy pattern on either side. Catoctin is a surprisingly relaxing knit with interesting stitch patterns that have a nice rhythm to them—lots of multiples of threes—and so the design is easy to memorize, fast to work and never boring! And those cables are so much fun to knit.
I named the shawl after Catoctin Mountain in Thurmont, Maryland, a lush and heavily forested mountain park where I have spent many wonderful hours hiking and exploring. As so it is appropriate that the fabulous green yarn I choose for this design should echo the saturated greens of our early summer trees here on the east coast, USA.
Catoctin is shown in fingering weight but may be worked in any weight you choose. When worked at the pattern shawl size, the border will use up about half the total yardage, so this is a great design for two skeins of your favorite hand-dyed sock yarn—the shawl body can be worked from one skein and the border from the other, so you won’t have to worry about blending the skeins.
The pattern includes large, easy-to-read charts as well as row-by-row written instructions. Also included are comprehensive instructions about how to work a knitted-on border, customize the size and block to the crescent shape. Several video links are included that explain the various techniques involved in knitting the shawl.
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Materials: 2 skeins of Knitting Notions Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn; Knitting Notions Classic Merino Bamboo
- Finished Dimensions: 72" across top edge and 19" down the center back
- Yarn Requirements: 750-850 yards
- Gauge: 20 stitches = 4” in stockinette, washed and blocked
- Needles: 24" or 32" size 5-6 US circular or size needed to achieve gauge, plus a needle two sizes larger for bind off; cable needle
Designed by Dee O'Keefe of Designs by Dee.
Used by permission from Dee O'Keefe
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