Monday, August 25, 2014

The Noreen Elliot Shawl - New Pattern Release

I almost didn't publish this pattern due to the common use of the stitch pattern. It's known as Frost Flowers and appears in the Barbara Walker A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I've used the stitch a number of times but never in a published design. I knit the shawl for myself because I wanted it and then decided I should share the pattern after I completed the charting.

The shawl is worked bottom up. The stitch pattern is charted to make the transitions simple to follow, as each section decreases. Each right side row shortens by four stitches, making the work “feel” as though it is speeding up as you approach the end. The lace pattern appears complex. It is formed with only two sets of four pattern rows which are each repeated three times and then offset, over 24 rows. The project is listed as advanced because there is patterning on both the right and wrong sides of the work.

The sample shown used approximately 500 yds (460 m), 100 g of 100% alpaca, 3 ply fingering weight, in colour Pelorous from One Skein at a Time Dye Works. The yarn is from a local Toronto, Canada, hand dyer, available only at retail shows.

Suggested Alternative Yarns

Knit Picks Gloss Fingering Yarn: 70% merino wool, 30% silk.
Indigodragonfly MCN Sock Fingering Yarn: 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.
Or, any 3 ply fingering weight yarn.

The name Noreen Elliot comes from Agatha Christie's short story The Golden Ball. Noreen is the leader of a fashionable group known as the "Bright Young People".

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