Comfort Shawl

Designer: Sandi Wiseheart
Published: June 5, 2007
Technique: Lace
Skill Level: Intermediate

Sandi Wiseheart needed to knit a shawl, but it couldn’t be a fancy shawl, it had to be a practical, working woman’s shawl for a friend who was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Sandi decided to start with a good thing and make it even better: she took the basic design of the popular Summer Lace Shawlette (Interweave Knits, Summer 2006), and then made it longer and wider. She also eliminated the back lace panels to make the shawl faster and easier to knit. The result: a beautiful shawl that stays put on your shoulders and can be worn comfortably from doctor’s office to treatment room, and then even out to tea afterwards with a friend to celebrate life and strength. The shoulder shaping, based on the clever shawls from the women of the Faroese Isles, is easy and adds graceful vertical lines; the single row of lace blossoms at the bottom of the shawl symbolizes healing and hope (and can be omitted for an even simpler shawl). This shawl is for Kathryn, and for Shawneen, and for all cancer warriors everywhere.

The Summer Shawlette pattern is also available on Knitting Daily!

Finished Size: 60” around lower edge and 15½” long from back of neck to lower edge, after blocking.

Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Zarina (100% extrafine merino wool; 181 yd (165 m)/50 g): #1462 light blue, 3 balls.

Needles: Size 10 (6 mm): 24” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size J/10 (6 mm) crochet hook; smooth waste yarn; markers (m); removable markers or safety pins; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st, after blocking.

Skill Level: Intermediate.

Shawl Shaping

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