Alda by Jennifer Wood


April 2017
Lace ?
26 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch. Gauge not critical
US 2 - 2.75 mm
800 yards (732 m)
Wrap: Finished blocked measurements: Length (inside edge): 54.5"/138.5 cm. Depth at widest point: 14.5"/37 cm
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This simple garter stitch shawl is a mediation on short rows. The short row placing gives it a unique curved shape that is perfect for wrapping around the shoulders. And the pretty lace edging adds the perfect detail. The short rows and lace edging add enough speciality to the garter stitch to make this a very enjoyable knit. Alda is an old german name meaning prosperous. I thought it a fitting name for the shawl; the garter stitch is a very old stitch and I used the german short row method. And of course you feel prosperous with your lovely shawl wrapped around your shoulders. This shawl has a nice peaceful rhythm to it. It is such a pleasure to knit, I hope you enjoy it also! 

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Wrap: Finished blocked measurements: Length (inside edge): 54.5”/138.5 cm.
Depth at widest point: 14.5”/37 cm

Yarn: Shibui Lace, 60% merino, 40% silk; 400 yds/365 m per 50g skein; color: Fjord, 2 skeins, 800 yrds.
Needles: Size 2/2.75mm needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Other: Stitch markers, locking marker, tapestry needle.
Gauge: 26 sts and 44 rows = 4”/10 cm in Garter Stitch.

This wrap is made end to end and is shaped by short rows. The different elements are added one at a time and then the Short Row sections begin. There are both Charted and written instructions for the lace edgings.