Saturday, October 23, 2010

Week Thirty-Four: Doll's Triangular Lace Shawl

Original intended release date: August 21, 2010. See explanatory post.

For this shawl I wound up using two different weights of yarn because I didn't have enough of either kind to knit the whole thing. I'm pleased with the results, though; the lighter yarn gives it a nice soft edge. You could, of course, knit the entire shawl in a single type of yarn, and many different weights would work.

Doll's Lace Shawl
Doll's Lace Shawl Doll's Lace Shawl

The Doll's Triangular Lace Shawl is worked flat from the top down and the center out in one piece. A simple lace repeat can be adjusted to make the shawl larger or smaller, and a slightly ruffled border finishes it.

This pattern is available for FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 70 yards of a sport-weight wool and approximately 30 yards of a fingering-weight wool to duplicate the pictured shawl. However, the shawl will work with almost any yarn weight and fiber. (Pictured: Jo-Ann Sensations Kashmira in Cream – sport, 1 skein / 100g / 284 yards, 100% wool; and Red Heart Heart & Sole in Ivory -- fingering, 1 skein / 50g / 213 yards, 70% wool / 30% nylon)


US size 7 needles
stitch marker (optional)
tapestry needle

Gauge: Not particularly important.

Finished Measurements: Finished shawl will measure approximately 8 inches down the center and approximately 16 inches tip-to-tip. It is intended to fit an 18" doll such as the American Girl doll. Instructions for adjusting the size are included.


Symbols and Abbreviations Used:

k = knit
(x) = repeat x as indicated
k2tog = knit the next 2 sts together as one st.
ssk = slip slip knit: Slip one stitch, then slip the next. Insert left needle into the front loops of the slipped stitches and knit them together through the back loops.
yo = yarn over
CO = cast on
RS = right side
WS = wrong side


With heavier of the two yarns, CO 5 sts.

Shawl Body:

Row 1 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 2: (k1, yo) 4 times, k1. 9 sts.
Row 4: k1, yo, k2tog, yo, (k1, yo) 3x, ssk, yo, k1. 13 sts.

You may wish to place a stitch marker in the center stitch.

Row 6: k1, yo, (k2tog, yo) to center 3 sts, (k1, yo) 3x, (ssk, yo) to last st, k1. 17 sts.
RS Rows 8-50: Repeat Row 6. 105 sts.

At this point the shawl should measure approximately 7 inches down the center and approximately 14 inches tip-to-tip. To adjust the size, do more or fewer repeats of Row 6.


Row 52: Switch to lighter yarn. (k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo) to center st, k1, yo, (k1, yo, ssk, yo, k1, yo) to last 4 sts, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k1. 157 sts.
RS Rows 54-56: Repeat Row 6. 165 sts.
Row 57 (WS):Purl.

Loose Bind Off:

1. Knit 2.
2. Pass the first knitted stitch over the second knitted stitch, leaving 1 st on the right needle.
3. Slip the stitch on the right needle back to the left needle.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 until all sts have been worked.

Using tapestry needle, weave in all loose ends. Block shawl to finished dimensions.

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