Carnival Glass Shawl

The designer has done some rewriting of the text to add details that will make it easier for less experienced knitters to make the project.The Border Charts have been edited and renamed Right Border and Left Border (instead of Right Side and Left Side, to avoid confusion with RS/WS). The text instructions for the edging have been changed slightly because the stitch count was off a tad after correcting the border charts. The PDF versions of the charts are available at the bottom of the page for you.

Size: 75” x 41”
Yarn requirements: Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca Laceweight (50gr, 442yds), 2 hanks in Sugar Maple
Needles: Size 6 (4.25mm) 36” circular needle, or size needed for desired gauge
Notions: Stitch markers
Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1”, blocked
Stitches and Abbreviations used:

carnival glass shawl pattern abbreviationsInstructions: With a Shetland-style construction, this shawl is worked in three parts; first the center is knit, then stitches are picked up around the bottom edge and the border is knitted on, then the edging is worked around the edge of the border.

Begin by casting on 3 stitches then proceed working Center chart, using stitch key above for reference. Work all rows of Center Chart A, then work all rows of Center Chart B and then Center Chart C. On RS, bind off the top edge but do not break yarn, you will begin your border by picking up and knitting stitches along the bottom edge.

Border: With RS facing, pick up and knit 130 stitches on each side of bottom edge plus 1 stitch in the middle (at the bottom point of the center triangle) for a total of 261 stitches. Then purl one row plain, this is your set up row. Next row (RS): Work Right Border chart to center stitch, then beginning with center stitch, work Left Border chart to end of row. Continue in patts as est until you have completed all rows of the border charts. You should now have 341 sts (170 on each side plus 1 center stitch). Knit 1 row (RS) and do not bind off. You will be using the stitches still on your needles to incorporate the edging. These will be referred to as “live” stitches.

Edging: Each edging chart repeat will incorporate 5 live stitches for each pattern repeat except at the beginning, center and end. For each pattern repeat, you will knit the last stitch of each wrong-side row together with the next live stitch on your needle, except as just noted. Begin the edging by casting on 17 stitches and purl 1 row plain, do not incorporate any live stitches with this row. Continue by following Edging chart while incorporating your live stitches. At the beginning you will incorporate 4 live stitches with 2 pattern repeats as follows: rows 4 and 8 of first repeat, then rows 2 and 6 of second repeat. Continue edging, incorporating 5 live stitches for each pattern repeat until you are 6 stitches from the center, not including the center stitch. In the center you will be incorporating 2 pattern repeats with 4 live stitches on first side, then 5 live stitches in the center and another 4 stitches on the other side – work the 4 stitch repeats the same as beginning of the edging. Continue along second edge, as with the first, until you are 4 stitches from the end. These last 4 stitches will be worked the same as at the beginning of the edging. Bind off.

Blocking: Block your shawl in whatever method you prefer, washing first or blocking dry and spritzing with water, etc making sure to use rust-proof pins. Blocking or dressing wires are extremely helpful when blocking lace, especially with an edging as it helps eliminate the number of pins to be used.

The links below are to PDF files, you will need the Adobe viewer to view and print the files.

Center Chart ACenter Chart BCenter Chart CBorder ChartsEdging Chart

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