by | Sep 24, 2009 | Uncategorized


Yeah, I’m still around. It’s been busy here at Chez PicnicKnits. We’ve had all kinds of craziness going on, and the mom taxi has been running 24/7. We still have a belated birthday party to deal with on Saturday, but I’m hoping things will settle down a bit after that. Otherwise I’m gonna need to hire a personal assistant. Again I bow down to working moms. I have no idea how they get it all done. No idea at all.
But I have something pretty to show you. Really pretty. Presenting Gaenor.


Isn’t she lovely? The most enjoyable lace shawl I’ve ever worked on. And yes, I’m tooting my own horn. Here’s the “official” description of her:

A beautiful effect for a lot less work. This simple shawlette is knit from side to side. With a garter stitch body and a gabled lace edging that is knit right on as you go along. There is no picking up stitches, there are no 500 stitch rows. In fact for the version I worked, the very longest row was only 110 stitches!

The garter stitch blocks out beautifully, and the simple yet elegant lace edging has a lot of impact due to the double yarnovers. And you begin this gorgeous piece of lace by only casting on 2 stitches. Even better, when all is said and done you only have 2 stitches remaining to cast off.

Perfect for that one of a kind sock yarn that you just can’t bear to make socks with, this shawlette will work with many different yarn weights. Just make sure to use a big enough needle for drape!


I’m really super pleased with this one. You use up half your yarn for one side and then start decreasing, so most any yarn will work. I used Politically Incorrect Silk/Merino fingering and size 7 needles. And the pattern is up for sale on Ravelry for only $6.00.



  1. Audrey S.

    This might be just the thing for my Mini Mochi! Very, very nice — and so thoughtful of you to not write for the 550 stitches!

  2. Heather Wardell

    I don’t like knitting, I’ve said it before. But I am going to knit this, yes, I am. It’ll take me ages and I will adore it when it’s done. 🙂

  3. Lynn

    Cute and clever! I hope this is a big hit!

  4. trillian42

    Curse you, woman! I didn’t need another “must knit” shawl for my to-do list! This, however, has just jumped to the top of that list! GORGEOUS!

  5. Bevsyarncrazy

    That is fabulous! It just jumped onto my queue!

  6. Donna

    ok…I give…bought the pattern today, started tonight…this design is genius, I love not having to work on hundreds of stitches in the rows and I love knitting the edging as I go along-thanks for an awesome design!

  7. nancy

    Can this be made in a smaller version?

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  9. Jane

    This is lovely and I’m thinking of knitting it, unfortunately I don’t have any 4ply going spare at the moment so I want to try making it in a different yarn. Can you let me know the dimensions and tension you use so I can have a think about how it would work,


    • Corrina

      The gauge is 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Blocked Garter. And the finished dimensions are a 64” wingspan and 22” deep and used about 430 yards. If you use a heavier yarn, you will need to use larger needles to make a nice drapey fabric. Make sure to do a blocked garter gauge swatch to make sure the fabric you have won’t be too dense. Other than that, this shawl is easy to adjust to size. You just work until half of your yarn is gone (or shawl is half of desired size) and then you start decreasing. Good luck!

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  13. barbara collins

    Hi bought the patter would like to buy the yarn but didn’t see it can you help me Thanks

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  17. Becky

    I just wanted to say that I have been afraid of any kind of lace work. Kimber at “A Stitch in Time” talked me into buying this pattern and some glorious yarn last month. I had to finish the 2 afghans that I was crocheting first, but last night I took a deep breath and started on this scarf….I am actually knitting lace!!!
    Yay, it is beautiful. Your pattern is so well written and the directions are so clear. I have already accomplished 3 repeats of the increase section. I wanted to stay up all night and knit, but that’s just craziness.



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