As a child, my mother had a large garden. In it she grew
not only fruits and vegetables, but also
flowers of all kinds. Because
of my mother’s beautiful garden, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
became one of my favorite nursery rhymes. I would imagine
how beautiful her silverbells and cockleshells
were when they were in full bloom. But I most especially
loved the idea of the pretty maids. I
could see them in their blooming finery,
dancing in the breeze.
The Pretty Maids shawl is a way to carry the warmth of summer sunlight
into the chilly days of fall. In a season-crossing blend of alpaca
and cotton, it is great for not only the warm days of early fall, but also
the chiller nights of deep fall.
Maids is a triangular shawl with a garter stitch
border that is knit from center back to the
bottom edge. Yarn
overs at each end and along the center stitch
are used to form the triangle shape. Increases are worked
on the right side only.
Schaeffer photos: Micheal
Width: 62 inches
Length at center: 31 inches
Note: Measurements given for shawl after blocking.
Set-up Row [RS]: K2, place marker, work Row 1 of Chart
A, place marker, k1, place marker, work Row 1 of Chart
A, place marker, k2. 11 sts.
Next Row (Row 2 of Chart A) [WS]: K2,
slip marker, p to last marker, slip marker, k2.
From this point forward, work edge sts, center st, and
chart pattern sts as established: work 2 sts at each edge
in garter st, work center st in stockinette st, and work
chart patterns as directed below, over the two sets of
sts between markers.
Work Rows 3-14 of Chart A. 35 sts.
Work Rows 1-20 of Chart B four times.
Note: To change size of shawl, work more
or fewer 20-row repeats of Chart B. Every repeat added
or subtracted will change the total number of sts by 40.
Work Rows 1-30 of Chart C. 255 sts.
Work Rows 1-40 of Chart D. 335 sts.
Loosely BO all sts as follows: k2, sl both sts from right
needle back to left needle, k2tog tbl, [k1, sl 2 sts from
right needle back to left needle, k2tog tbl] until all
sts have been bound off.
Weave in ends and block to measurements given.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Joyce Fassbender is a PhD student in Biology in New York City. She
taught herself to knit four years ago after
she fell in love with all things yarn.