A rectangular lace stole or scarf designed using traditional Estonian lace stitch patterns (charted) and construction methods. I’ve designed this pattern as a tribute to my mother who had a fascination with collecting flamingos and spent her final days traveling to visit Estonia.

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Estonian Flamingo Lace

This simple cape wrap is designed using (4) skeins Malabrigo’s Silky Merino (DK) with 2 strands held together. It also can be made with 300 yards of a bulky weight yarn.

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Auld Lang Syne Cape

The Nautilina, named after the pre-historic relative of the modern day nautilus, is a semi-circular shawl designed to lay beautifully and easily stay wrapped around your shoulders with little effort.  It is knit from the top down with 5 segments that gently swirl in a spiral creating interest within a simple stockinette background.  The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, instructions are written to knit to set lengths for each sections.  You easily can adapt to an alternate yarn weight or adjust the finished size to your liking by reducing or increasing each section’s length for a customized size.

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Nautilina Shawl

this triangular shawl starts at the neck with garter stitch and moves into a lace design that also includes a little garter stitch.  It is shown in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Happy Knit’s very own custom color, “Happiness”.

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Aurora australis, the aurora borealis’ southern counterpart, form over the South Pole and most often visible in a bright green light that can take the form of fluid swirls in the night sky. These swirls became the inspiration for this shawl.

The design begins at the neck with a basic garter stitch shawl body that creates a gradual semi circular shape. With the body of the shawl completed, the sideways knit swirling lace border is seamlessly incorporated. If you dread the idea of binding off hundreds of stitches after finishing a shawl, this design is for you! When done, you have just 3 selvage stitches to bind off!

While gauge is not critical to the design, it is important to keep in mind the shawl was designed to use the majority of a single skein of Madelinetosh Eyre Light. If your gauge is slightly looser, you run the risk of running short of yarn (sample used 405yards/100g of 465yards/115g skein). Stitch gauge listed is over garter stitch after blocking and given some time to relax.

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Aurora Australis Shawl

Saqqara is knit side to side with a simple lace border that brings to mind the early Egyptian stepped Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara. Increases and decreases are imbedded in the lace border for a gradual drop in depth at the center.

It was designed with handspun in mind, so you would be able to use every last bit of yarn, no matter the weight (lace to worsted or even heavier) or yardage! Of course, if you are not a spinner, or do not have handspun yarn, any commercial yarn you like works for this design as well.

The design works as a large light-weight lacy shawl, a small cowl or anything in between. All use the exact same set of instructions, with the knitter determining when they have used nearly half of their yarn or have their piece half the size they would like before moving on to the second half of the instructions.

A digital scale to weigh the beginning yarn weight and yarn remaining partially way thru is helpful.

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Saqqara Shawl

Definition: stra•tig•ra•phy |strāˈtigˈrәˈfē|
The analysis of the order and position of layers of strata related to a geological time and archaeological remains.

Statigraphy stacks layers of two colors, divided with a third, to create an interesting yet simple multi-colored shawl.  Pattern includes instructions for the large (shown in photo) at 72” wide and 30” deep and also small at 60” wide and 24” deep.

Yarn Requirements:
Madelinetosh Pashmina, 110g/360yds in three colors:
C1: Welts & I-cord edging, approx 240 yards (180 sm size), shown in Tern
C2: Primary stripes, approx 235 yards (130 sm size), shown in Silver Fox
C3: Secondary stripes, approx 190 yards (100 sm size), shown in Bloomsbury

Colors work best to have C1 as a high contrast to C2 and C3.

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Stratigraphy Shawl

Nymphalidea is named for one of the largest families of butterflies, with varieties found in every corner of the world. With the mesh edging and solid welts separating each wedge, it reminds me of delicate veined butterfly wings.
It was designed for use with long gradient self-striping yarns paired up with a contrasting solid or semi-solid, so each wedge becomes individual of those before and after and unique like the wings of a butterfly. Because this is cast on with few stitches and expands, it easily can be adapted to alternate weight yarns or be made smaller or larger to suit the individual knitter.

As written, the knitter will use approximately half each of a skein of Malabrigo Sock and a ball of Zauberball.

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Nymphalidea Shawl

Ombrellone om-brel-ló-ne, Italian for umbrella, named after the brightly striped umbrellas with scalloped edges.

A half circular shawl worked with two contrasting colors in a DK weight yarn from the top down. Once the main color is established the contrasting color is incorporated as 2-row stripes and the shawl ends with the contrasting color as a subtle waving lace edge.

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Ombrellone Shawl

Strié is a triangular shawl knit from the neck edge down using three yarn colorsways to create a striped shawl with two halves.

It can be worked in highly contrasting colorways for a bold look or colorways slightly different from each other for a subtle look and anything in between. The first colorway will form stripes throughout the shawl, while the second colorway is the contrast on the left side of the shawl and the third is the contrast on the right side. Following the striped section, the bottom border of the shawl is a geometric lace that continues the striped theme and uses the third colorway with accents of the second colorway.

The shawl construction includes the basic knits, purls, increases and decreases that most beginner knitters are familiar with and slipped stitches and intarsia to link the contrasting colorway stripes at the center of the shawl.

Yarn requirements: (3) fingering colorways, 50g each (approx. 200y each)

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Part of the Exploring in the Woods eBook, Mossy Pathways shawlette coordinates with the Exploring in the Woods hat and Chanterelle Hunting cowl.

Knit from the bottom up, the shawl is bordered with a lace leaf pattern that a beginner could easily work.  Above the lace leaf border, the yoke of the shawl is worked in a simple shortrow to add a crescent shape while continuing the ribbed design established in the leaf border.

Lace instructions are charted only.

Yarn requirements: 100g fingering weight yarn (approx. 400yds)

Size: 13” deep, top edge 45” across, bottom edge 84” across

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Mossy Pathways Shawlette

Published in the PLY Magazine’s 8th issue, The Leicester Issue, Spring 2015.

Designed with handspun in mind, Pacific Trillium can easily be adapted to a variety of available yardages by completing more or fewer repeats to make anything from a stole (as written), a narrow scarf or a large throw.

The diamond lace patterning on the tow stole ends mirror each other while the center section is a matching simplified version of the diamonds.

The shawl construction includes the basic knits, purls, increases and decreases that most beginner knitters are familiar with along with using Judy’s Magic Cast-on as a provisional cast-on.  A  PDF photo how-to can be viewed and downloaded on the Extras page of the cast-on. 

Yarn requirements: 1000 yards lace weight

Size: 22” x 80”

Pacific Trillium Stole