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Lady Russell Shawl

This lace shawl is unusually shaped which creates beauty and practicality.

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Lady Russell, Anne Elliot’s close friend in Persuasion, is a proper and practical noble lady. She has only good intentions when she advises Anne to marry for wealth and status rather than love, however misguided those intentions were. This unusually shaped shawl is a fusion of elegance and practicality. As a hybrid between a half-circle shawl and a stole, it can be easily draped over the arms. Knitted like a regular half-circle shawl until the edge of the semicircle, the majority of the stitches are bound off, and the wing stitches are placed on a holder. Each of the wings is knit back and forth separately, with short-row shaping to keep them straight. Afterward, stitches are picked up along the entire bottom edge of the shawl to form a sweet, feminine ruffled edge.

SKU: EP7437

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Finished Size: About 23" deep and 74" long.

Yarn: Fyberspates Ethereal (60% silk, 40% cashmere; 437 yd [400 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): teal, 2 skeins.

Needles: Body—size 6 (4 mm): circular (cir) 32" or longer. Ruffle—size 7 (4.5 mm) cir 32" or longer. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; blocking pins.

Guage: (not critical) 23 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles; 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" in patt st on smaller needles.

Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits Fall 2012

SKU: EP7437

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