Ancient Gemstones Shawl by Lana Jois

Ancient Gemstones Shawl

March 2020
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Star Stitch patt.
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1200 yards (1097 m)
68¾" wide and 33½" tall
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The colors of the Ancient Gemstones Shawl are reminiscent of gorgeous minerals sparkling in late-summer light. This triangular piece is worked from the narrow end to the wide end using alternating star-stitch and slipped-stitch patterns.

Difficulty Easy

Yarn Weight 1

Finished Size 68¾“ wide and 33½” tall.

Yarn Ancient Arts Yarns Passion 8 (80% superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon; 437 yd 400 m/4 oz 113 g): Antique (speckled; A), Islands in the Sea (blue; B), and The Softer Side of Linen (white; C), 1 skein each.

Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 24” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge 23 sts and 28 rows = 4” in Star Stitch patt.

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  • This triangular shawl is worked back and forth from the narrow end to the wide end. One stitch is increased at the beginning of every right-side row.

  • Color changes are made at the beginning of wrong-side rows.

  • Yarns may be carried along the left edge of the shawl and cut only at the end of a section if they will not be used in the next section. When changing color, pick up new color in front of old color.

  • At the beginning of Rows 1 and 7 of the Slipped Stitch chart, secure the unused yarn along the side by twisting it once around the working yarn.

  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

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Originally published as the Gemstones Shawl using Echoview Fiber Mill Lapidary (50% Merino wool, 50% Tencel; 400 yd 366 m/3½ oz 100 g): Aragonite (rust; A), Howlite (white; B), and Chrysocolla (light green; C), 1 skein each.