I made this lace shawl for my mum in record time last year but never managed to write the pattern. But when I got Knit Visualizer I was able to make a chart very quickly and put it all together. I’m still working on the pattern for Madeira Leaf but thought I can post this meanwhile, because the sun is shining and it’s 1st of May. I adapted the Fair & Square pattern as an overall pattern from a picture of a knitting edging that I had found somewhere but that had no stitch pattern. I liked it as an edging but was intrigued to see whether I could make it into an overall pattern without original instructions.
Recycled cashmere jumper in purple, about 600m per 50g;
one 24 inch/80cm long US #3/3.25mm circular needle or double pointed needles (but I hate working with those);
one crochet hook size US G/6/4mm;
waste yarn; threading needle.
Correct gauge is not essential for this project. The finished shawl is about 57cm by 110cm (24 stitches by 33 rows = 10 cm²).
Cast on 138 stitches using a crochet cast on with waste yarn. 138 stitches equal 8½ pattern repeats plus 2 stitches (see chart). Knit a few rows stockinett stitch. These serve two purposes. Firstly, they make it easier to start the actual lace pattern. Secondly, the rows are opened up later and used for the crochet edging. Work 16½ pattern repeats in length (see chart).
Open the crochet cast on, open up the first few stockinette rows carefully and put the stitches on a spare needle. Start the crochet edging beginning with the first two stitches. 1dc in first two stitches, *3ch, 1 picot, 3ch, 1dc in next 2 stitches, repeat from *. Work this edging on the other side.
Wash and block carefully. Thread ends.
Please note that you are free to use and alter this pattern for individual use but not for commercial use. If you change the pattern and publish it don’t forget to mention where you got it from originally.