Rosemarie’s Garden Shawl
Comfort working with lace knitting and knowledge of increases and decreases. Basic understanding of shawl construction is helpful but not necessary.
Yarn: 1 – 2 skeins SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace, 700 m (765 yd) per 100 g or
238 m, 518 m, 875 m (260 yd, 566 yd, 957 yd) silk blend 2 ply lace yarn
Needles: 2.25 mm/US 1 32” circular needles or size to achieve gauge
Other: stitch markers, darning needle, pins for blocking
Rosemarie’s Garden Shawl honors the woman who taught me to knit and her magical west coast garden. Rosemarie’s memories of our afternoons in her garden are lost to Alzheimer’s but remain some of my fondest childhood reflections. Integrating lace on garter and stockinette stitch backgrounds, all three pattern sizes capture the rich textures and foliage that grace the Pacific West Coast and Rosemarie’s garden.
The shawl’s top-down construction begins with a panel of garter stitch which creates texture accentuated by the sheen and structure of silk blends, and makes for a rapid start to the project. For those who wear shawls around the neck kerchief-style, with the long tip in front, the garter stitches fold up gently with the lace cascading below. When worn around the shoulders this fabric provides extra warmth around the neck, right where it is needed most.
Tips for adapting the design to personalize your Rosemarie’s Garden Shawl are included throughout the pattern. Interchangeable charts may be repeated as many or few times as desired to achieve the perfect size. Transforming the pattern into a stockinette or all-over-lace version is easy with the assistance of these helpful tips from the designer.
No two gardens are alike and our memories of the past are constantly shifting. With this in mind, Rosemarie’s Garden Shawl is designed for versatility. Whether working from the design as written or following the tips to modify the shawl, this pattern is fun to knit, easy to memorize, and a timeless addition to your wardrobe.
I strive to publish elegant designs that are professionally presented. This means drawing on the talents of tech editors, photographers, test knitters and graphic designers. Very special thank yous go out to Grace Morris of GracePhotography.ca who so beautifully captured the essence of Rosemarie’s Garden Shawl in her images and Natalie Gagnon for designing the JahDoily Knits logo. Last but not least, thank you to Rosemarie Brydson who taught me to knit at a very early age, she may not have known it at the time but she planted the seeds of a life long passion. Thank you Rosemarie, you’ll never be forgotten.