Oakberry

I have always loved oak leaves and acorns as motifs … so lovely and autumnal. So when I saw an oaky lace panel in a book of vintage lace patterns, I just had to make it!

The stitch pattern as it was written contained several errors, and the design wasn’t balanced one side with the other. So I’ve made a number of changes, including adding this lacey scalloped border …

… and some little knitted-in-the-round acorn “tassels”.

The shawl is knitted in one piece from side to side. The soft crescent shape is created by short rows which are integrated into the stitch pattern.

Sizes: Shawl can be made as long and as wide or narrow as desired. Shawl shown measures 17″ wide at center back by 80″ long, acorn embellishments excluded.

Yarn: Any yarn from lace weight to chunky can be used for this shawl. The samples shown used Sunday Knits 5 ply (light worsted weight yarn – 137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein) in Brigadoon (merino tweed) stone on the cover; and on page 4 Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight yarn – 246 yds / 225 m per 50g skein) in Eden (merino) carrot.

Yardage: Calculate approximate yardage needed based on stitch gauge and size desired for finished shawl as follows. Yardage = gauge (in stitches per 4″) x .025 x length” x center-back width”. (This is a generous calculatioin.)

Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows = 4″ in St st in light worsted weight sample; 25 sts and 33 rows = 4″ in St st in sport weight sample. Use whatever gauge works well for the weight of yarn being used. For best results, the fabric should be loose or open, and not too densely knit.

Needles: Use size recommended for yarn used or to achieve the desired fabric (US 7 was used for the sample in worsted weight yarn, US 5 was used for the carrot-colored sport weight sample); plus a set of 4 double pointed needles (dpn’s) 3-4 needles sizes smaller for working acorn embellishments.

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, a little wool or polyfill for acorns.

Techniques used: Lace knitting (lace pattern stitches on RS’s only), reading charts.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, border stitch pattern in charted format only, glossary.

Available as a pattern download, or as a kit in either Sunday Knits 5-ply or 3-ply yarns.

Knit Oakberry

© Sunday Knits 2015. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker.

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