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FO: Melange

It has been a while since I last worked on any designs and after a long hiatus, I decided to pick it up again. I was inspired by Estonian lacework with the nupps and mixed it up with Shetland stitches just to make it interesting. The result is a highly flexible shawl which you can easily adjust in terms of sizing by repeating some of the charts a few times. I worked nupps into the shawl but if it isn’t your thing, you can replace them with beads to give it a sparkly pop!

The pattern has been tested – my thanks to the gorgeous ladies who did such a fab work on this – and is available for sale here (there is a link to other projects and subsequently pictures too)!

Yarn | Laceweight (I used 100purewool laceweight variegated but semi-solid is best; suitable for fingering weight yarn as well)
Shape | Triangle
Needle specs | 3.75 and 6 mm circulars
Structure & shape | Top-down and triangular
Price | €3.75

KNIT: Melange Shawl KNIT: Melange Shawl - Edging


A Leaf In A Leaf

Since I started knitting, I’ve always been fascinated with lace shawls. I still remember the frustration yet excitement when I finished my first shawl and then, subsequently, the feelings that accompanied the other shawls that followed on – Shetland Triangle, Angel Lace, Swallowtail, Flower Basket and so forth. Yet, deep down inside, I’ve always wanted to knit up something to call my own and finally, after nearly two years of reading, knitting and plotting, A Leaf In A Leaf awaits.

Based on the Leaf Lace stitch from Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn A. Clark, I was inspired to add in nupps – nupps that I have seen earlier in the Swallowtail – together with this stitch, creating a tiny leaf in, well, a bigger leaf. This scarflette reminds me of the joys of spring and the colours of autumn, conjuring up vivid pictures of leaves floating gently in the breeze.

A Leaf In A Leaf

I’ve knitted this in smooth laceweight yarn (KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud) with a regularly 4.5mm needle, creating a floaty yet drapey scarflette but you can always feel free to substitute with any type of yarn with any needle size or up the number of repeats to get a medium-large shawl. The scarflette in question is available for sale here! :)

For you lace-knitter enthusiastic out there, have no fear, read on…

A Leaf In A Leaf - PDF

The pattern is available as a PDF download as previewed above.

UPDATE 21 Jan 2013: To download the latest version (v2.0), click on this link. Be sure to choose the file labelled with v2.0.

UPDATE 24 June 2009: A new version of the PDF has been uploaded in place of the old one. Only changes made were to the instructions for Chart A (I wasn’t very clear in the original version). To download, just click here to start the download!.

UPDATE 9 Nov: A correction was made to the chart (slip 1, k2tog, psso instead of slip 1, k2, psso). Oops. New PDF file has been uploaded, just click the link above to download!

UPDATE 12 Nov: Thanks to Cathy (I ought to send you chocs), I discovered an error in Line 1 of Chart B and subsequently Line 1 of Chart C. There shouldn’t be a center yo in each half of the pattern. Double oops. The new PDF file has been uploaded with a better (and more concise chart), so just click the link above to download!

UPDATE 2 April 09: All charts shown are for only half of the triangle. Repeat for the second half (imagine a mirror image). Beth (tangobka) has this tip – “when reversing the chart to go to the other half – SSK should become K2TOG and likewise all K2TOG should become SSK to keep the leaves on the left and right half pointing in opposite directions.”*