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This is the fifth design in the Celtic Cable Shawls collection.
The construction of this lace-weight shawl is rather complex and unusual. The shawl begins with the centre square, worked outwards in the round. Then, two of the edges around the square are filled in with short rows, and the body is worked in stocking stitch, finished with lace ribbing. After this, the other two edges of the square are filled in and rest of the shawl is worked exactly as the other side.
Some notes on yarn choices: because this shawl is worked in lace-weight yarn, the cables are very delicate and may be difficult to see in some yarns. I recommend using a solid coloured yarn, ideally in quite a light shade, and something with good stitch definition that doesn’t fuzz up too much. If you’re unsure if your yarn will work, I recommend swatching one repeat of Chart A and blocking it to get an idea of the finished effect.
Width: 17˝/(43 cm)
Length: 55˝/(140 cm)
- 3.25 mm/US size 3 needles (or size needed to obtain gauge; medium length circulars recommended)
- 3.25 mm/US size 3 DPNs (or needles for preferred method of working small diameters in the round)
- 875 yds/(800 m) of lace-weight yarn (shown in YarnPony Posh Pony Lace, [70% alpaca, 20% silk,10% cashmere, 874 yds/(799 m) per 100 g])
- 4 stitch markers
- Cable needle
- Waste yarn
- Darning needle
- Pins/wires for blocking
Advanced. Skills required include:
- Working outwards from a small diameter in the round
- Complex closed-loop cables (tutorial link in pattern)
- Provisional cast-on (tutorial link in pattern)
- Some wrong-side cabling
- Short rows
- Basic lace