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New New Shale

Remember this? (I haz white balance disparities)


I finally ripped, and went with a new stitch pattern: a variation on the "New Shale" pattern from Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls, by Martha Waterman. It's essentially razor shell, maybe close to a few others, even, nothing new.


For anyone interested in the "pattern", here's what I did:


yarn: lace to fingering weight; I used fingering weight handspun merino, 50g

needles: size 6 US and 7 US

finished dimensions: 10-11 inches wide (measured flat), by 14 inches long


Multiple of 10 sts.


- CO 90 sts. on size 6 US needles, pm, join for knitting in the round.

- purl 1 row.

- knit 1 row.

- purl 1 row.

- knit 2 rows.


Begin stitch pattern:

row 1: *yo, k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3*, repeat to end of round.

row 2: purl around.

rows 3 & 4: knit around.


Repeat these 4 rows for pattern. Note that you will have to shift your place marker one stitch to the right before doing pattern row 1 again, due to the yarn-overs.


I decided I wanted a slightly tapered cowl, so after working 6 inches, I switched to size 7 needles at a purl row and continued at the slightly looser gauge. If you prefer a straight tube, keep on with the same needles.


End pattern after row 4, followed by 1 purl row, 1 knit row, then BO, purlwise, all stitches. Weave in ends and block. Enjoy.

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Taken on July 31, 2008