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Holbrook Shawl

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Holbrook is a top-down, semi-circular shawl with a beautiful, wide knitted-on lace border. I just love the look of knitted-on borders--they add a touch of elegance and drama that is very intriguing. This border has lace patterning on both sides, but is easy to memorize and fun to knit. The shawl body consists of three triangles: a larger triangle in the middle section composed of a lovely old lace pattern known as English Mesh Lace and side triangles that are knitted in classic stockinette for a stunning design contrast. As you wrap Holbrook around your shoulders, the stockinette stitching peeps through the lace sections, providing visual interest no matter how the shawl is worn. Holbrook is shown in fingering weight but the design is also suitable for lace weight. The size is easily customizable for whatever weight or size you choose by working additional body chart repeats. A solid or tonal yarn is highly recommended to showcase the intricacy of the border design. The pattern includes instructions on how to work a knitted-on border; large, easy-to-read charts as well as written instructions; and detailed blocking notes. Enjoy! Errata: For anyone new to knitting charts, please note that the Chart Legend on page 7 is missing the "O" symbol for Yarn Over. Also, on page 11, the Border Chart 3 written instructions for Row 2 should say "k17" rather than "p17" in blue... but it really makes very little difference in the final result if purled. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl increases and decreases familiarity with lace knitting GAUGE 4.5 st = 1 inch blocked, but gauge is not critical with this project SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Blocked size: 66" x 26" SUGGESTED YARN 650 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Any fingering/sock weight of your choice,

Recommended with this pattern

  • US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 32" circular needles
  • US Size 7 (4.5 mm) DPN for bind off
  • 650-700 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn - Black Sheep Dyeworks Sock Weight Superwash Merino Wool, "Delphinium" colorway to knit the blue shawl pictured

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Dee O'Keefe Designs
Dee O'Keefe Designs
Hi! I am a former professional guitarist who is very grateful to be a full time knitting pattern designer. I made all my clothes and jewelry as a hippie girl many years ago, and had a little cottage industry of selling my handcrafts to friends in high school. I later turned to music and put down all the needles and hooks and soldering guns and whatnot for over 30 years. I picked up knitting again a few years ago, but really kicked into gear in earnest June 2008 when I used it as a quit smoking aid. And then I discovered lace and shawls.... and the rest is history, as they say.