Knitting Preview: November 10 Issue

A traditional shawl is the perfect way to welcome a new arrival.


The Technical Stuff
This beautiful shawl is worked in 8 x 25 g balls of Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Supreme Lace in Natural White, a traditional yarn spun in Shetland from the fleece of Shetland sheep. It was knitted in Shetland by the very skilled Sandra Manson. For yarn stockists or to order direct click here.
The stitches used are not difficult to work but you do need to concentrate and keep count as you work. What is slightly different is that we use Shetland abbreviations but it doesn’t take long to get used to them.
The shawl is worked from the scalloped border inwards. So we begin with the border lace then the main border before finishing with the centre. You will need circular needles to do this.
Once the shawl is finished, it is best dressed. This is done by washing by hand and then stretching out to dry on a shawl frame or pinned out on to a white sheet and dried flat. We give full instructions for doing this.
The finished size is 127 cm (50 ins) square.
This shawl is a beautiful lasting gift set to become a family heirloom.

Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!