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Rainchain Shawl

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Worked from the top down with stacked eyelets that increase in size and narrow sections of linen stitch the Rain Chain shawl is reminiscent of a line of upside down umbrellas catching droplets of rain. The curved crescent is an easy to wear shape and the combination of garter stitch, large eyelets and linen stitch look fantastic in a solid, kettle, or multicolored yarn. Try this shawl in any gauge you desire, experiment with easily adjusted pattern repeats and enjoy the addictive knitting experience.
Small (Large)
Fingering weight multi-color, 73 (100)” [185.5 (254) cm] wide and 13 ¾ (25 ½”) [35 (65) cm] deep.
Worsted weight heathered solid, 88 (120)” [223 (305) cm] wide and 23 (32)” [58.5 ( 81.5) cm] deep.
Samples shown in size Large with fingering weight and size Small with worsted weight.
Fingering Weight (#1 Super Fine) 800 (1252) yd [730 (1145) m]
Worsted Weight (#4 Medium) 700 (1100) yd [640 (1005) m]
Fingering Weight 6 (4 mm) 32” circular (cir);
Worsted Weight 7 (4.5 mm); 32” cir. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Tapestry needle
Fingering Weight Gauge
17 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in Garter Stitch center after blocking; 15 ½ sts and 27 ¾ rows = 4” /10 cm in lace patt after blocking, 15 ¼ rows = 4” /10 cm over top garter border after blocking.
Worsted Weight Gauge
14 ½ sts and 30 rows = 4”/10 cm in in Garter Stitch after blocking; 13 sts and 22 rows = 4”/10 cm in lace patt after blocking, 12 ¾ rows= 4”/10 cm over top garter border after blocking.
  • This shawl is worked from the top down beginning with a garter tab.
  • 6 sts are increased every RS row of the main body creating a curved crescent shape.
  • The beginning Garter Stitch Section is adjustable by working more or fewer rows in 6 row (18 st inc) increments. Adjusting this section will change the amount of yarn required.
  • Feel free to work any number of full repeats of Lace Pattern 1 and 2, but understand that changing the number of repeats will change the amount of yarn required.
  • Lace Pattern 3 must be worked as written to line up with the border pattern.
  • Rows 5-8 of border pattern are repeatable for as much of a border as desired.
  • On the WS, each loop of double and triple yarnovers are worked as a single stitch, alternating knits and purls, creating extra-large yarnovers.
  • During Lace Patterning work all sl sts loosely purlwise (tip to tip) with yarn in front unless they appear within a special stitch such as s2kp, then see Stitch Guide.
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