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The Russell Shawl
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Appearances can be deceiving. Take a second look. This is not your typical half-circle shawl.

It begins at the outer perimeter with an innovative decorative edge created for this design and then works gradually, in an orderly, symmetrical fashion to the center. The shaping is worked symmetrically, progressively, and subtly—keeping the decreases from becoming the dominant design element. There is no "spoke" (as is created when shaping is worked every row) or ruffle effect (as is created when stitch counts are halved in a single row). The bands of garter stitch striping against a stockinette background are simply created and visually appealing. The result is wrap that is fluid and elegant and yet surprisingly accessible to a newer knitter.
The shawl is named for the character Mary Russell from Laurie R. King's Beekeeper's Apprentice. I admire both this character and the storytelling of her creator tremendously. I would like to think Russell would appreciate the feminine (yet not cloying) styling of the shawl and that Ms. King (as evidenced by her writing) would appreciate the subtly guided, gradual journey of its creation.

*Thanks to Laurie R. King who graciously gave permission for the use of the name for this design.

Some colors used in the sample are no longer available; we have made similar color suggestions in the yarn calculator below.
The Russell Shawl (Pattern Download)
SKU: 12281D

Pattern Type: Knit
Difficulty: Intermediate
Sizes Included: Version 1 - 48" x 24", Version 2 - 48" x 24"
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Yarn Line: Chroma Fingering, Stroll
Yardage: 627-693
Fiber Type: Wool
Needle Sizes: Size 3 (3.25mm): 32" or longer circular

Please Note: This pattern was updated on 08/25/2015

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