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Free Knitting Pattern: 'Tea and Sympathy' Shawl

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Lion Brand® Homespun®
Pattern #: 50538-K
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
Length 20 inches [51 cm] back waist length


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Color (A)

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Color (B)

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Color (C)

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*Homespun® (Article #790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

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•  790-341 Homespun Yarn: Windsor
$ 14.98  
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•  790-362 Homespun Yarn: Quartz
$ 7.49  
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•  790-336 Homespun Yarn: Barrington
$ 7.49  
Note: (C)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 13 [9 mm]   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size K-10.5 (6.5 mm)   $ 2.65  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  

'Tea and Sympathy' Shawl

Lion Brand® Homespun®


8 sts + 12 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in lacy 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


M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Work this new stitch through the back loop.

Rows 1 and 2
Knit across
Row 3 K each st wrapping yarn around needle an extra time.
Row 4 Dropping one loop of wrapped yarn from previous row to make a long dropped stitch, k each st
Repeat rows 1 – 4 for lacy pattern.


With A, cast on 10 sts. K one row. Row 1 of lacy pattern K1, m1, k to last stitch, m1, k1. Continuing to work rows 1 – 4 of lacy pattern and inc in first and last sts of rows 1 and 2, work until A yarn is finished. Fasten off.


With B and crochet hook, sc evenly along diagonal side edges of shawl. Fasten off. Join C in first sc, *ch 7, sc in next st; repeat from * along side edges of shawl. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
sc = single crochet st(s) = stitch(es)

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 6 reviews)
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'Tea and Sympathy' Shawl Reviewed by Gloria Wilson on 2012-05-08 *****
I made this shawl in purple a few years ago for a friend who had just lost her husband to cancer. When I gave it to her.. she cried.. she said she slept with it wrapped around her, it was so soft.

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