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.
Alexandra is a top-down, triangular lace shawl with great texture and bold design. This shawl was designed specifically for fingering weight, hand-dyed yarn, although the design will look lovely knitted up in solid colors as well.
Alexandra is offered as a 15-page, charted pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and detailed instructions on how to use them. Even knitters who have not previously used charts should find these user-friendly and simple to comprehend. But if you have any questions or comments, pattern support is my pleasure and is always available.
For your convenience, the pattern includes separate charts for two sizes: a full-sized shawl and a smaller shawlette. (Please print pages 1-11 for shawl size; 1-6 and 12-16 for shawlette size.) Also included is an instruction sheet “How to Block a Lace Shawl.”
Working with hand-dyed yarn can be challenging when two or more skeins are involved, as there always seems to be a line of demarcation wherever the new skein is added. I don’t like alternating skeins but love the uniqueness of hand-dyed yarn, so I decided to incorporate the inherent differences between skeins into the design of the larger shawl size. A contrasting yarn color may also be used for the border on either size.
Because the shawl size requires two skeins of most fingering weight yarns, you can work the body with the first skein and switch to the second skein at the border. What might have looked like a mistake if the skeins were changed elsewhere now looks like an artistic design decision!
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Materials: 1-2 skeins of Knitting Notions Classic Merino Superwash Sock yarn; Knitting Notions Classic Merino Bamboo
- Finished Dimensions: Shawl 68" x 34"; Shawlette 52" x 26"
- Yarn Requirements: Shawlette 410-460 yards; Shawl 650-750 yards fingering weight yarn
- Gauge: 18 stitches = 4” in stockinette, washed and blocked
- Needles: 24" or 32" size 5 US circular or size needed to achieve gauge
Designed by Dee O'Keefe of Designs by Dee.
Used by permission from Dee O'Keefe
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