Tuesday, July 27, 2010


HTML clipboardScottish designer Ysolda Teague has caused quite a stir with her lacey shawlette design Ishbel. This simple shawl pattern can be worked in two sizes and in a fingering or lace weight yarn. If its been in your knitting queue you're in luck, its now available as a PDF download on my website.
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The smaller, fingering weight version makes a cozy but pretty scarf while the larger, lace weight version can be worn as a scarf or draped elegantly around your shoulders. The solid stockinette center lends simplicity to the design and adds extra warmth when knitted in thicker yarn. Ishbel is edged with a vine pattern and finished with elegant scalloped points.

The shawl begins at the center and worked outward. Working increases at both ends of every row, rather than every second, creates a relatively shallow triangle that is the perfect shape to wear as a scarf. Either size can be worked in either yarn weight. The lace pattern is both written and charted.

Depending on the size you create you'll need 330 to 610 yards of yarn. Since gauge is not crucial, though your gauge will affect the finished size, versatile Ishbel knits up beautifully in many different yarns including Malabrigo's Lace or Sock, Pigeonroof Studios' Original or Circ Sock, the Alpaca Yarn Company's Suri Elegance and Schaefer's Anne or Lola, all are On Sale!

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