In late spring through early summer my patio is lightly fragranced by the mock orange plants that grow in my garden. Their small white flowers, have been used as the background for several of my patterns, so it was about time I gave them one of their own!
This top down “super square” shawl (it’s a square plus one additional side, so it’s 5 sides instead of the traditional 4) starts from a provisionally cast on garter tab, followed immediately with an all over light, airy lace and bead pattern to a base of leaves that surround the outer edge.
Neck to bind off: 17 inches, 34 inches wide at widest point.
Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb 100% Wool, 825 yds[754 m]/55grams [1.94 oz] Oyster, 1 ball.
US 5 [3.75mm]: 47″ circular needles to accommodate stitch count, or size needed to obtain gauge.
US 16 [0.6mm] Steel Crochet Hook or size needed for bead placement.
1495 size 11/0 beads.
28 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches [10cm] relaxed after agressively blocking in pattern.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
B: k and bead: place bead on shank of 0.6mm crochet hook, k 1 st, sl st to the crochet hook, pull through bead and replace on right ndl
- Gauge, while not critical to a shawl, will impact knitter’s yarn requirements and finished size.
- Pattern is charted only.
- Chart B can be repeated as many or as few times as desired.
Using your favorite provisional CO, CO 3 sts. Alternatively, use a regular cast on and follow the Knotions Garter Tab tutorial.
Work 23 rows of garter stitch (k every row).
Turn work 90 degrees and pick up and p 11 sts along one long edge, turn work 90 degrees, pick up and k 3 stitches from provisional CO; 17 sts.
Starting with row 1 of Chart A, work Chart A one time, then Chart B twelve times, repeating each chart 5 times across each row as follows (remember that each chart has the repeat indicated):
Odd Rows, 1 to 93 (RS): K3, work chart to last 3 sts, k3.
Even Rows 2 to 94 (WS): K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Work Chart C one time, repeating chart 80 times across, noting that both odd and even rows are charted.
Bind off using the Decrease or Lace Bind Off by working a K2, *return 2 sts to LH needle, k2togtbl, k1, repeat from* until all stitches have been bound off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for weaving in and pull snuggly through final stitch. Weave in your ends.
Soak piece in lukewarm water for at least 30 minutes; roll in a towel to absorb most of the moisture. Using blocking wires (if desired) and t-pins, pin out center three triangles as a ¾ square, overlapping outer triangles. Pin as shown in photo, allow to dry completely before unpinning.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER – MARY E. ROSE
Mary learned to knit as a young child and it has had an impact on her life ever since. As a teen, when her friends were getting jobs at fast food restaurants, Mary worked at her LYS, where the hours and working conditions were much better. As with many knitters, when she couldn’t find patterns for what she wanted to knit, she started designing her own.