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  • Umbel is a stunning asymmetric lace shawl using traditional lace motifs. This design is inspired by The Vintage Shetland Project. The shawl begins with just 3 stitches at its narrowest point and is worked from there as an asymmetric triangle with increases worked on every right side row at one edge only. A garter stitch border is worked at either edge at the same time, removing any need to knit a border once the body of the shawl is completed. The main body of the shawl uses a simple 4-row lace motif then once the required number of stitches have been reached, the decorative lace sections are each worked in turn, creating an eye-catching shawl which is surprisingly easy to knit.

    Umbel is comfortable, elegant and easy to wear, warm but not overwhelming – perfect!

    All the individual sections of the pattern have both charted and written instructions to choose from and all partial pattern repeats are included. All wrong side rows are purled - so no lace stitches on the wrong side of the work to worry about. Knitted on 5mm (US 8) needles, it also knits up very quickly.

    Umbel is knitted in Excelana 4 Ply in the subtle yet rich shade of Agapanthus. Excelana is perfect for lace knitting, creating a soft but defined fabric with drape but enough structure to be accurately blocked and which also ensures it will hold its shape and size – like all good Shetland shawls.

    The pattern contains both clear written and charted instructions, plus a comprehensive schematic diagram and sizing chart.

  • Yarn
    Susan Crawford Excelana 4 Ply, 100% British wool
    (159m/174yds per 50g skein)

    5 skeins, shade Agapanthus (Actual meterage required – 716m)

    Suggested needles 5mm (US 8) circular needle (80-100cm in length)

    Stitch markers

  • Following a chart
    Knitting Lace

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