I have a new pattern available for download here and on Ravelry - this is the Dappled Days shawl. If you are new to reading charts or knitting lace then read on, this one has been designed just for you!
About this Pattern
Take a walk through morning streets of dappled sunlight wrapped in the hug of a big, cosy shawl. Dappled Days was inspired by the start of a new day and the promises it can bring. As the sunlight filters through the leaves, paths become illuminated with a million patches of light, each one lighting the way to something new. These tiny pools of light are reflected in the simple lace stitches of the Dappled Days shawl, and the straight and bold garter stitch stripes are horizons expanding before you.
Dappled Days is a top-down triangular shawl designed with the new lace knitter in mind. Each lace stripe expands on the skills used in the previous stripe, so you progress from a simple 6 stitch repeat pattern to learning how to use varied stitch counts to create the wavy border shaping.
If you are new to knitting lace or working from charted instructions before then this project would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Choose the 'Charts Explained' version of the pattern for a full tutorial on how charts work and how they can help you to read your knitting. There are lots of helpful hints and tips to help you along the way.
Don't let the thought of charts or lace deter you from casting on. Dappled Days is an adventure to be had, just like the future that awaits you. Expand your horizons and never stop dreaming - or knitting!
And you won't be alone in your adventures as there is a KAL running until 31st October where you can share your progress and ask any questions along the way. You can join in the KAL on Instagram using #dappleddayskal and tag me @olivetreejem, in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook group or in the Ravelry Group.
The pattern uses 2 x 100g / 245yd / 225m skeins of DK Yarn. And when it comes to selecting yarn colours, solid light-coloured yarn will work best for the lace sections to really showcase your stitches.
Skills / Techniques used: Knit, purl, yo’s, decreases
Sizes: One size
Measurements: The finished blocked item measures 74” (188cm) wingspan and 37” (94cm) depth at the longest part
- Yarn A – Garter Stitch Stripes - 3.5 oz / 100g, 245yd / 225m DK Yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree, 100% Superwash Merino, in the Capri colour (1 skein)
- Yarn B – Lace Stripes – 3.5 oz / 100g, 245yd / 225m DK Yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree, 100% Superwash Merino, in the Biscuit colour (1 skein)
- 1 x locking stitch marker (optional)
- 24 x stitch markers depending on if you want to mark off lace repeats
- 1 x US size 10 (6mm) 32” – 40” (80 – 100cm) circular needle
Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
The pattern has been professionally tech edited by James Bartley and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too!
Thank you Claire, Donna, Jo, Linda, Roz and Suzanne for testing!
To view more testers photo's take a look at the project pages on Ravelry.
If you are looking for colour inspiration there are lots of lovely DK yarns on the website, including the colours used in the pattern pictures. Or why now buy a Dappled Days kit and get the pattern for free?
Until next time,