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Old Shale Shawl
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Old Shale Shawl

by Linda

A very nicely textured rectangular shawl. Make it in whatever size suits you. The stitch pattern is a 4 row repeat and very easy to learn.

I really love this stitch! The resulting shawl is very huggable!

[Old Shale Shawl Stitch]

  • worsted weight white or other light coloured cotton yarn - I used almost a 400g ball of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (584 m / 526 yds)
  • Pair of single pointed needles, or a circular, 5.00 mm or thereabouts (not crucial so long as you get a soft, drapey fabric)
  • finished size about 15 by 60 inches (40 by 150 cm)

Old Shale (Feather and Fan) Stitch:

  1. Row 1: Knit across.
  2. Row 2: Purl across.
  3. Row 3: *(K2tog) 2 times, (yo k1) 4 times, (K2tog) 2 times.* Repeat from * to * across row.
  4. Row 4: Knit across (forms purl ridge on front).
Repeat these 4 rows for pattern.

  1. Cast on 59 sts, work 5 rows seed st (k1, p1 across).
  2. Next row, work 5 sts seed st, knit next 48 sts, k 2 tog, last 4 sts seed st. Turn.
  3. Next row, working 5 sts seed st at each end of needle, purl the 48 sts between them.
  4. Continue in st pattern (from Row 3) on middle 48 sts til desired length, ending ready to work row 3 (right side).
  5. Work Row 3 to within last 5 sts in seed st, m 1, cont in seed st til end of row (59 sts).
  6. Work 4 more rows seed st.
  • I didn''t add a fringe or other edging, but you could do so if you like.
  • To make the centre section wider, work it on a multiple of 12 sts. Don''t forget to add seed st at edges to reduce curling.
  • Give your hands a break once in a while, as working with cotton yarn can be very tiring.
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