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Home : Patterns : Edith Shawl

Free Knitting Pattern: Edith Shawl

Lion Brand® Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton
Pattern #: 90207AD
Rating: *****4.4 (based on 12 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
18 x 72 in. (46 x 183 cm)


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*Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (Article #480). 100% Organically Grown Cotton; package size: Solids: 3 oz. (85 g), 103 yd. (94 m)
Prints: 2.75 oz. (78 g), 94 yd. (86 m)

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Edith Shawl

Lion Brand® Nature's Choice Organic® Cotton


15 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in Lace Pattern. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


sk2p Slip 1 as if to knit, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over—2 sts decreased.

Lace Pattern (multiple of 17 sts, decreasing to 15 sts on Rows 2–7)
Row 1 (WS):
Purl across.
Row 2 (RS): *K1, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, k2, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, k1; rep from *.
Row 3: *P4, (k1, p2) twice, k1, p4; rep from *.
Row 4: *(K1, yo) twice, (k2tog tbl, p1, k2tog), p1, (k2tog tbl, p1, k2tog), (yo, k1) twice; rep from *.
Row 5: *P5, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p5; rep from *.
Row 6: *K1, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, p1, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k1; rep from *.
Row 7: *P7, k1, p7; rep from *.
Row 8: *K1, yo, k5, yo, sk2p, yo, k5, yo, k1; rep from *.
Rep Rows 1-8 for Lace Pattern.

Cast on 68 sts. Beginning with Row 1, rep Rows 1-8 of Lace Pattern until piece measures about 72 in. (183 cm) from beginning, end with a Row 8. Bind off.

Weave in ends.

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k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
k3tog = knit 3 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) tbl = through the back loop
tog = together WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.4 (based on 12 reviews)
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Edith Shawl Reviewed by Tina Trapane on 2015-08-09 *****
I needed to make a going-away gift for a friend quickly — this shawl was easy and fast and I loved working with the natural cotton yarn. The 8-row pattern wasn't too difficult to memorize once I got the hang of the inner rows (2-7) having 15 pattern stitches on the needles (instead of 17). From purchasing the yarn to washing and blocking took less than five days — knitting in my spare time — so I was able to make my one-week deadline.

I did make one change to the pattern: I'm one of those people who like to smooth out edges by slipping the first stitch in each row purl-wise onto the right-hand needle without making a stitch. In order to make this work with this pattern, you would need to add one stitch at the beginning and one at the end of each row; i.e. cast on 70 stitches instead of 68. These two stitches then become the ones that are "slipped" to make the smooth-finished edge, while working the inner 68 stitches (or 60 for rows 2-7) as given in the original instructions. The results were beautiful, more substantial long edges that matched well with the three, long knit columns separating the "leaf" motifs. I should have taken a photo and posted it to this site for illustration but the shawl has already been gifted and now resides in another state. I plan on making another, soon, so hope to post photos here for my next "Edith+" shawl.

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