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Tea Leaf Lace Shawl – Isager Alpaca Merino 2 Version

Tea Leaf Lace Shawl – Isager Alpaca Merino 2 Version

"Tea leaf very Churchmouse!"

Encouraging for new lace knitters and relaxing for seasoned lace knitters, this stitch pattern is fairly simple and the clues in the knitting quite easy to read. A simple rectangle can be styled so many ways. Wear the shawl around your shoulders or as a lavish scarf!

We chose Isager Alpaca Merino 2 for this project for two reasons: alpaca and wool. The alpaca offers softness, drape and a bit of haze, and the wool substance and strength. In other words, perfection! And in the shawl size you won't believe the oomph factor - a pleasure to knit and even more pleasurable to wear!

Pick up the pattern below and choose a color of Alpaca Merino 2-–you'll need 4 skeins for the shawl size shown .

Scarf: Approx. 9½"/24cm across x 66"/168cm long, blocked.
Shawl: Approx. 18"/46cm across x 76"/193cm long, blocked.
Instructions given for scarf, with shawl in parentheses ( ).

Scarf (not shown): 2 skeins Isager Alpaca Merino 2 (270 yds/247m each);
Or approx. 458 yds/420m of lace-weight or fingering- weight yarn (lace-weight will be more sheer).
Shawl: 4 skeins Isager Alpaca Merino 2 (270 yds/247m each); shown in Color 2S.
Or approx. 1080 yds/988m of lace-weight or fingering- weight yarn (lace-weight will be more sheer).

US 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.

Crochet hook US G/6 (4mm) or larger for provisional cast-on.
Smooth DK-weight waste yarn for provisional cast-on.
5 (9) stitch markers; plus 1 locking marker.
Darning needle to finish.
Blocking wires and T-pins.

Approx. 23 sts = 4"/10cm in lace pattern, after blocking.

This piece is worked from a provisional cast-on; both halves are worked from center to lace edging. Thus both lace edgings are worked in the same direction and are identical. You'll knit the first half, return to your original cast on, unzip the provisional cast-on onto a needle, and then work the second half--no grafting required!

Be sure to use a smooth DK-weight yarn for your provisional cast-on; smaller yarn will not give you the size of stitch you need when picking up for the second half.

Lace pattern is both charted and written out - you can follow along either way. Some new-to-lace knitters prefer to start with the written text, and then move to the chart once they can see the pattern forming. Either way - remember that the wrong side is a purl row; a built-in rest!

Digital Tea Leaf Lace Scarf & Shawl pattern. (Download)

Printed Tea Leaf Lace Scarf & Shawl pattern. (Requires shipping.)

COLOR: 11 Lt. Blue. Heathered baby blue.

COLOR: 16 Marine Blue-Green. Light teal.

COLOR: 47 Blue Grey. Balanced blend of medium blue and charcoal.

COLOR: 36 Wine. Deep amethyst.

COLOR: 52 Dusty Plum. Heathered soft purple.

COLOR: 19 Fuchsia. Pink violet.

COLOR: 21 Red. Tomato.

COLOR: 24 Orange. Like a puffin bill.

COLOR: 39 Shrimp. Tea-dyed pink.

COLOR: 7s Lt. Natural Brown. Heathered sandy brown.

COLOR: 8s Med. Natural Brown. Warm cocoa brown.

COLOR: 3 Old Gold. Vintage deep gold.

COLOR: 40 Chartreuse. Heathered yellow shaded with green and gray.

COLOR: 43 Med. Green. Pea green.

COLOR: 23 Green Gray. Soft army green.

COLOR: 46 Lt. Green. Heathered seafoam.

COLOR: 0 Natural White. Cream.

COLOR: 4s Charcoal Gray. Heathered charcoal.

COLOR: 30 Black.

COLOR: 2s Lt. Natural Gray. Heathered granite.