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I finished the second version of the Fair & Square shawl. I made it a bit narrower but longer this time and crocheted beads into the edging.

My wardrobe door really has wholes in it. The wardrobe can double as an airing cupboard

My wardrobe door really has wholes in it. The wardrobe can double as an airing cupboard

This is just a mobile phone photo. In real life the shawl is absolutely breathtakingly delicate. When I hung the blocked shawl on my wardrobe door I became completely speechless and was hopping about in my room for at least half an hour, so happy was I.

So, I thought I had to top that off with the right packaging. I bought a nice cardboard box, glued pink paper on the lid because I think pink goes so well with this green (actually, to be precise, the lid got slightly smutched in transit), folded the shawl nicely, put a cedar wood ball in the box (moths are about at the moment) and crocheted a ribbon with beads at each end:

Fair & Square in a box

Fair & Square in a box


I don’t know who was more chuffed about it all, my friend or I.
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I’m working on a second Fair & Square shawl. This time it’s for a dear friend of mine who needs to be cheered up because she has a lot of trouble at the moment. I will make it a bit longer and add beads to the edging. My mum gave me bottle green beads that, I hope, will look great with the olive of the shawl. The yarn is an old lambswool/angora Jigsaw cardigan. It knits really well.
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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.

Materials:
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.

Gauge:
Correct gauge is not essential for this project. The finished shawl is about 57cm by 110cm (24 stitches by 33 rows = 10 cm²).

Body:
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).

Edging:
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.

Finishing:
Wash and block carefully. Thread ends.

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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.

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